Sunday, December 21, 2014



John Gordon Bennett, Lenexa, 66, passed away Friday, July 25, 2014, surrounded by his loving family at Kansas City Hospice House, Kansas City, Missouri.

A memorial service is planned for 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, at First Baptist Church, Ottawa.

He was born October 6, 1947, in Ottawa.

Because of his cerebral palsy, he spent much of his life living in special care settings that provided the physical and emotional support necessary for him to best direct and determine his daily activities. For the past 20 years, he has resided with and been supported by the dedicated staff of Community Living Opportunities.

John was a great lover of country music and all sports. He especially enjoyed trips to the Grand Ole Opry, Branson, Missouri, Kansas City T-Bones games and numerous trips to the Royals’ Kauffman Stadium, where he particularly loved opening day.

Despite being confined to a wheelchair and having many physical limitations, John lived a meaningful, inspiring life. Above all, he cherished his family and friends (including CLO caretakers). He will be remembered for his ever-present smile and generous heart.

He is preceded in death by his father, Frank Ransom Bennett Jr.

Survivors include his mother, Beverly (Stucker) Bennett, Aberdeen Village, Olathe; brothers, Frank, Washington, D.C., and Davis, Colorado Springs, Colorado; sister, Barbara Deacon, Bristol, Rhode Island; nephews, Daniel Deacon, Duxbury, Massachusetts, and Matthew Deacon, Bend, Oregon; great-niece, Elle Deacon; great-nephew, Ransom Bennett Deacon; uncle, Jep Bennett, Lawrence; and numerous cousins.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Community Living Opportunities, 11627 W. 79th St., PO Box 14395, Lenexa KS 66285.

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