SYRACUSE — Melvin George Bennett, 93, of Syracuse, died Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.

He was born May 9, 1924, in Montgomery County to Daniel Luther Bennett and Zelda Flora (Wright) Bennett.

He completed two years of high school in Montgomery County, prior to going into the service but ultimately earned his Honorary Diploma in 2001 at Syracuse High School. He served in the U.S. Army from June 1943 to January 1946. In 1947, he moved to Greeley County.

On Aug. 13, 1954, he married Verlie Viola Thompson in Raton, N.M., and they lived in Syracuse.

He worked at numerous jobs, including farming, truck driving, and as a mechanic at John Deere. In September of this year, he moved to the Greeley County Long Term Care and resided there until he died.

He is survived by his wife, Verlie Viola (Thompson) Bennett of Tribune; three sons, Fred Toot of Baldwin, Mike Bennett of Lawrence, and Steve Bennett of Syracuse; a daughter, Ronita (Toot) Maynard of Giddings, Texas; a brother, Chet Bennett of Independence; a sister, Flora Jean “Sis” Gilfillan of Abilene; 21 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Kent Duane Toot; two daughers, Corieta Jo (Toot) Davis and Sherri Michelle (Bennett) Malleck; two brothers, Max Luther Bennett and Dickie Lee Bennett; two sisters, Viola Marie Bennett and Ruby Virginia (Bennett) Hughes; and a grandson, Jimmy Harris.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. MST Thursday at First United Methodist Church in Syracuse.

Visitation will be 3 to 7 p.m. MST Wednesday at Fellers Funeral Home LLC, Syracuse.

Condolences may be sent to In Lieu of Flowers, memorial contributions may be payable to the First United Methodist Church or VIP Senior Center, in care of Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, P.O. Box 1253, Syracuse, KS 67878.