Charles Wesley Bennett

Charles Wesley Bennett

Charles “Charlie” Bennett, age 76 of Ironton, Wisconsin died Monday, November 24, 2014 at his residence.

Memorial funeral services will be held Saturday, November 29, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. at the Conway-Picha Funeral Home in Lyndon Station, Wisconsin with Tricia King officiating. Visitation will be held at the Conway Picha Funeral Home on Saturday from 11 a.m. until the time of service at 2:00 p.m. Military rites will be provided by the Harold B. Larkin American Legion Post 187 of Wisconsin Dells.

Charlie was born August 8, 1938 in Clearfield Township in Juneau County near New Lisbon, Wisconsin the son of Bernard and Frieda (Birkholz) Bennett. He grew up around Lyndon Station and attended grade school there and graduated from Wisconsin Dells High School in 1956. He served in the US Army from 1957 to 1960, was stationed in Korea for 13 months and 1 day and taught military intelligence at Ft. Devens, Massachusetts. He attended UW Madison, UW LaCrosse and the Law Enforcement Academy. He was recruited by and offered a position with the C.I.A. in 1965 but turned it down due to loyalty to his family. He was a Wisconsin State Trooper from 1969 to 1978, served as Juneau County Undersheriff from 1979 to 1980 and was Juneau County Sheriff from 1981 to 1982. He had also been a member of the Presidential Guard detail when Gerald Ford visited and received a gold pin. Charlie put everything he had into his work. For hobbies he enjoyed hunting, fishing, nature walks and gathering mushrooms and berries.

Charlie is survived by his wife, Becky; children, Lou Ann (Jamie) Thornsen of Madison, Wisconsin, Ronald Bennett of Reedsburg, Jeanne (Adam) Watson of Wisconsin Dells, Judy (Brian) Pritchard and Charles “Little Charlie” Bennett both of Portage, Wisconsin, and Kyle and Sylar Perkins both of Ironton; brothers, Bernard (Barb) Bennett of Wisconsin Dells, Virgil Bennett of Independence, Missouri and Marv (Barb) Bennett of Finley, Wisconsin; a sister, Delores (James) Murray of Madison; 15 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Robert “Bob” Bennett; and a brother, Robert “Big Bob” Bennett.