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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Jennifer Davison
   Posted Mon January 19, 2015
Carrie, Dusty and Char,
I am so sorry for your loss. Joe always seemed bigger than life to me and such a good man. Please call if you guys need anything at all.

   Posted Mon January 19, 2015
Joe will be missed by all of his family here at the flour mill, I personally will miss his smile and the 'special wave' he would give me everytime we saw each other at work.

Terry & Patty Case
   Posted Mon January 19, 2015
Carrie, Dusty and Charmaine,

So sorry to hear about your loss. We will be praying for you. We will help out however we can.

Love you guys.

Lee Ann
   Posted Mon January 19, 2015
Carrie, Dusty and Charmayne I am so beyond sorry for your loss! He was a wonderful caring man who touched so many lives! He will be remembered by so many

Kim Schuening
   Posted Mon January 19, 2015
Please accept my deepest condolences. I am praying for strength and comfort for you and your family at this time.

Bill Zyph
   Posted Mon January 19, 2015
My condolences on your loss,just remember all the good times you spent with your husband and Dad he was a GREAT MAN and will be remembered by all that knew him,he was a true GRIZZLEY FAN

Bob Park
   Posted Tue January 20, 2015

I was so sorry to hear about Joe. My condolences to the entire family, he will be missed. The loss of a Husband, Father and Brother is always very hard, but the love and pride he had for his family isn't diminished by his absence - it is still there in your hearts.

Graham Alderson
   Posted Wed January 21, 2015
Carrie - The greatest condolences and deepest sympathy comes from our family to yours. You, Dusty and Char are in our thoughts at this difficult time. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help through this difficult time.

Wherever we can be, we will be.

Graham, Valerie and Tenley

Loretta, Carole, Onawa, Lorayne & Cleo
   Posted Wed January 21, 2015
No words can take the hurt away. Time shall ease the pain. The humor and kindness of Joe shall be missed greatly.

   Posted Wed January 21, 2015
I'm so sorry for your loss heather and megan...I didn't really know dad very well but grew up I knew Lori and the girls! I'm praying for your family at this very hard time

Morris & Sandy Reeser
   Posted Wed January 21, 2015
Carrie & Family we are greatly sadden to hear about Joe he was a special part of our lives for over 40 years we will miss his laugh and sparkling eyes and humor he was like a brother and we shared so many wonderful memories together. We are praying for all of your family.

   Posted Wed January 21, 2015
We are so sorry for your loss Joe was one of our favorite friends during our time at Helix and he will be greatly missed.

linda horn
   Posted Wed January 21, 2015
Carrie, my sympathy to you and your children.

Justin Webber
   Posted Wed January 21, 2015
I still can't belive it. I had the pleasure of getting to know Joe through my dad Don Webber. Any time I knew we were going out to Joe's to go shooting or even just hang out I knew it was gonna be a great time. I used to love hanging out with those two as a kid, to this day they are the only two men I've ever to known to sing garth brooks with wooden spoons. The man will be deeply missed my prayers to the family.

Leann Carter
   Posted Fri January 23, 2015
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Peace and blessings to your family in this difficult and sad time.

Dave, Julie, Nathan & Noah Miller
   Posted Fri January 23, 2015
We are so sorry for your loss! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We will always remember Joe's infectious smile and love of his family and community.

All our love,
Dave, Julie, Nathan & Noah

Arnold Wardwell
   Posted Fri January 23, 2015
Cary and family you are all in my thoughts and prayers. There are tons of great memories of Joe.

Bob and Barb Swart
   Posted Sat January 24, 2015
Sending your our condolences, we are sorry to hear of Joe's passing.

Jim "Tex", Beverly Martin
   Posted Sat January 24, 2015
To the family of Joe Bennett
So sorry to hear of Joe's passing. We are remembering you in thoughts and prayers. May God wrap his arms around you all and give you peace and comfort. May you find peace in his memory. Love from Texas. The Martin family

Pat Tempinski
   Posted Tue January 27, 2015
Heather & Carrie,

I am sad to hear about the loss of Joe in your lives. Please accept my condolences.

Robert Hildreth
   Posted Tue January 27, 2015
Was saddened to hear of someone who I had close contact in the Jay Cees.
He will be missed dearly.
Robert H.

Lynn Mims
   Posted Tue February 03, 2015
Carrie, words are not enough at this time Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers

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