Benny Volney Ermal Bennett

Born: Mon., Dec. 16, 1935
Died: Sat., Mar. 23, 2013

Celebration of Life

12:00 PM Wed., Apr. 03, 2013
Location: Pendleton Eagles Lodge #28

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“Benny” Volney Ermal Bennett


Dec. 16, 1935 – March 23rd, 2013

Benny Bennett, a longtime resident of Pendleton, passed away Saturday, March 23rd, 2013, at his home.  He was 77 years old. 

A celebration of his life will be held Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013, at the Pendleton Eagles Lodge #28, 428 S Main Street, beginning at 12:00 noon.  A meal will be provided, come with a silly memory to share.  Contributions in memory of Benny may be made to the Eagles Lodge #28 Member Funeral Fund, or to a charity of the donor’s choice, and may be sent in care of Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, PO Box 489, Pendleton, OR 97801.  Sign the online condolence book at  Burns Mortuary of Pendleton handled arrangements. 

Benny was born at home to Joe and Elta (Norton) Bennett in Joseph, Oregon.  He was the ninth of ten children.  The family moved to Pendleton in 1942.  Benny married Beverly Ann Hill in 1955.  In 1959 daughter Tena Ann was born, and fourteen months later, a son Tracy Scott.  As a young man, Benny worked with his father-in-law to build many homes in Pendleton.  Soon, Hill Furniture was opened.  He then learned the Upholstery trade, which he continued for many years.  His favorite activity was camping in his motor home with his friends in the Eagles Camper Club.  Benny enjoyed many warm winters in the foothills of Yuma, Arizona.  He was a longtime member of the Eagles lodge, and enjoyed many years of dancing and time spent with his friends.  He was probably known best for his joke telling.

Survivors include his special companion Mary Ann Adams, daughter and son-in-law Tena & Kelly O’Malley of Pendleton, grandchildren Carley O’Malley & fiancé Myk Schnell, and Shelby O’Malley, all of Pendleton, a sister Reta Hill of Pendleton, brothers Ervin & wife Jackie of Alaska, and Dale & wife Bette of Milton-Freewater, Oregon.

He was preceded in death by his wife Beverly and son Tracy, parents Joe and Elta, siblings: Jetta Bennett Wyss Graham, Marion Bennett, Delpha Bennett Campbell, Mirval Bennett, Jack Bennett, Laurel “Bud” Bennett and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

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