Robert “Bob” Bennett

Robert Bennett, Senior was born in 1934 in Evanston, Illinois to parents William and Maureen Bennett. He died September 13th, 2020 after falling ill with Covid-19.

Bob attended Evanston Township High School, and graduated in 1953. He was the quarterback for the football team, the pitcher for the baseball team for two years, and the forward on the basketball team. In high school, he had a job setting pins in the bowling alley at the YMCA for 10 cents a line, and taught himself to play pool in his free time. Soon after, he began coaching middle schoolers to play 14 1 straight pool in exchange for a free membership.

Bob attended one year of college at UC Boulder on a basketball scholarship, and then joined the Army for two years. He was stationed in Hawaii, where he was a cook, and played on the Army basketball team. After serving, he returned to UC Boulder and graduated in 1959. He was a member of Delta tal Delta fraternity. Even though they lost the game, a highlight from his college days was playing in the Big 8 National Championship game against the Kansas team that included Wilt Chamberlin.

Bob earned his Masters in Education at Western Montana college over four summers after beginning teaching in Hardin, Mt in 1959. In Hardin, he met and married his wife,Barbara, and gained a step-daughter, Patricia. Bob and Barbara had two more children, Ann and Robert, Jr.

He belonged to Johnson’s Bowling team for 10 years and the Wagon Wheel pool league team for 10 years. He was also an Elks Club founding member in 1962, and a Mason, and a Shriner.

Bob retired in 2003 after teaching math at Hardin HS for 44 years, coaching golf for 30 years, coaching girls basketball for 14 years, coaching at all levels of the boys basketball team throughout his 44 years, coaching football for 14 years, and coaching the Special Olympics basketball team for 4 years which included a trip to the Iowa State national tournament. He also spent many years teaching kids to golf, running the Elks hoop shoot contests, and the Bikes for Books program.

He is preceded in death by both of his parents, his wife, Barbara, and his sister-in-law, Charleen.

Survivors include brother Bill Bennett of Glenview, IL, aunt Leah Hull and her husband Marvin of Barry, IL, brother-in-law George Ryan and his wife, Kate, of Helena, step-daughter, Patricia Rickards of Billings, daughter Ann Edwards and her husband, Erney of Hoover, AL, son Robert Bennett of Eugene, OR, and grandson Ryan Lotgering of Billings, and two nephews.

Bullis Mortuary is entrusted to the arrangements. Due to the pandemic, the family will only hold a private funeral at this time.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Big Horn County Council Aging Meals Fund, 317 N. Center, Hardin 59034, or a charity of your choice.

Bullis Mortuary has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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