Leroy Bennett, of Wallowa, died Aug. 18, 2015 in Enterprise of complications from Parkinson’s Disease. Leroy, born in Bend Jan. 10, 1942 to Clarence and Irene Sage Bennett, was the oldest of five children. He attended schools in Bend, where he wrestled and played football at Bend High, graduating in 1960.
Leroy proudly served his country in the National Guard as a tank commander. He lived in Deschutes County until he and Kathleen came to Wallowa County in 1991. Leroy operated a tire store in Bend for many years and owned a weed spraying business his first years in Wallowa. Leroy and Kathleen purchased Bennett Insurance in Enterprise (from Vetie Stenkamp) in 2003, growing it from a small “mom and pop” store, to the thriving insurance agency it is today.
Leroy enjoyed hunting and fishing; elk camp with his boys and friends, Frank McGinnis and Dave Inglis, was just about his favorite thing on earth. He was an amazing father to all of his children and the love of Kathleen’s life. He was also a very capable mechanic and carpenter.
Leroy is survived by his wife Kathleen, of Wallowa, sons Todd Leroy Bennett of Bend, Rusty Lee Bennett of Union, and daughter Trisha Gail Bennett of Redmond, Tyler Tadevic (Stephanie) of Newport Beach, Calif., and Travis Tadevic (Tania) of San Antonio, Texas, and Todd Douglas Bennett (Tracey) of Redmond. Also surviving are 15 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and siblings Kay (Mike) Harris of Roosevelt Lake, Wash., Cindy (Jim) Smith and Vickie Curry (David Cobb), all of Bend. He was predeceased by his parents and brother Terry.
A Celebration of Leroy’s life will be held at the Beth Johnson Room at Wallowa High School at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 5. A potluck meal will follow at the Bennett home. The family requests that memorial gifts be made to the Rotary Club of Wallowa County Scholarship Fund or to the OHSU Foundation Parkinson Center at 1121 SW Salmon St., Portland, OR 97205, directly or through Bollman Funeral Home.