Gilbert “Dean” Bennett, 89, of Hinton passed away June 26, 2022 at Summers Nursing and Rehab following a battle with ALS.
Born June 3, 1933 in Hinton he was the son of the late Mike and Ethel “Faye” Waddell Bennett. A 1951 graduate of Hinton High School, he worked as a Telegraph Operator for C&O Railroad in Hinton until 1955 before moving to Tucson, AZ where he picked up his seniority with the Southern Pacific Railroad later becoming a Train Dispatcher in 1963 and a Local General Chairman for the American Train Dispatchers Association later rising to National Vice President of the ATDA, retiring in 1995.
Preceded in death by his first wife, Phyllis A. Maddux Bennett, siblings, Atlee “Abe” Bennett, Nathan “Nate” Bennett, Doris Hamrick, Delmar “Demp” Bennett, Leola “Sis” Wiseman, and Arthur “Poob” Bennett.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Janice A. Mann; two children, Patricia “Patti” Greenleaf and Robert Dean Bennett and wife Alice M.; three grandchildren, Bernadette Marie McGee, Clayton A. Bennett, and Adam C. Bennett; and nine great grandchildren.
A celebration of Dean’s life will be held 6:00 pm Tuesday, July 5, 2022 at the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors Chapel with Tom Wiseman officiating. Friends may call from 5:00 pm until time of the services at the funeral parlors.