Joseph L. Bennett

Born: Thu., Apr. 30, 1959
Died: Sun., Jan. 18, 2015

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Fri., Jan. 23, 2015
Location: Burns Mortuary

Interment following funeral service

Location: Helix Cemetery

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Joseph Leonard “Co Co” Bennett

April 30, 1959 – January 18, 2015


Joseph Leonard “Co Co” Bennett passed away at St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton Sunday, January 18, 2015 after a very short battle with cancer. The service will be Friday, January 23, 2015 at 11 am in the Burns Mortuary of Pendleton Chapel, with internment to follow at the Helix Cemetery.  Sign the online condolence book at Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of the funeral arrangements.

Joe was born to Laurel Leon “Bud” Bennett and Mildred Irene Maranville on April 30, 1959 in Cottage Grove, Oregon. Growing up Joe lived in Cottage Grove, Astoria, Pendleton, and spent the majority of his life in Helix, Oregon, attending Helix schools from 5th grade until graduation in 1977.

Joe married Loriann Dickerson on August 1, 1982. The couple welcomed two daughters, Heather and Maegan Bennett. They later divorced. On September 21, 1991, Joe married Carrie May Gibbs at the Last Chance Ranch outside Pendleton, Oregon. The couple welcomed a son, Dusty Bennett and a daughter, Charmayne Bennett.

Joe worked hard all his life. He worked for Blue Mountain Growers, PGG, Winn Ranches, Tom Vaughan Ranches, Newtson Farms, Goodwin Ranches, Quantum 9 Distributing, and Pendleton Flour Mills, where he worked until his death.

Farming was Joe’s passion and he greatly enjoyed working the land. He was honored as Outstanding Young Farmer award in 1993 through the Jaycees and John Deere. He and his wife Carrie were sent to Memphis, Tennessee to receive the honor. The highlight of the trip was to visit Graceland.

Joe’s hobbies included hunting, fishing, woodworking, and leather works. He had done numerous projects with wood and leather over the years that were given to family and friends. Joe was a member of the Pendleton Eagles, Pendleton Jaycees, Helix Booster Club, Helix Heart of the Country Rodeo Board, Helix Wheatstock Board, and the Helix Chamber of Commerce.  He served in many positions in the Pendleton Jaycees, including president and greatly enjoyed the many years being a member.

Joe’s greatest love was his family. He was proud of his four children and adored his four grandchildren. It gave him great pleasure to be involved with family gatherings and tell stories. He also had many adventures with hunting and fishing with family and friends.

Joe is survived by his wife, children Heather and Patrick Lara of Gresham, Maegan Bennett of Pendleton, Dusty and Charmayne Bennett of Helix, brothers David Cutts (Shirley) of Gresham and Gary Bennett of Walla Walla, sister Patricia Arp of Cottage Grove, 4 grandchildren, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. Preceding in death were his parents, LL “Bud” Bennett and Millie and Perry Brown.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Helix Rural Fire Department or the Helix Heart of the Country Rodeo, and may be sent care of Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, PO Box 489, Pendleton, OR 97801.

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