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Beloved son of the late Ivor and Geraldine Bennett. Loving brother of Shirley Turner (Percy) (both deceased), Thomas (Mary Kay), Jacqueline Bryant (Wayne, deceased), Louetta Beam, Robert (deceased) (Dottie) and John (deceased) (Sandy). Dearly loved uncle and great-uncle of many nieces and nephews. Remembered by many as Uncle Bill. He was a dedicated Boy Scout leader in Johnstown, Pa for over twenty years. He prided himself in teaching scouts how to hike, camp and fish. He was also a member of the Sierra Club. In younger years, Bill was proud to work at Yosemite National Park putting out the fires the campers left behind. He loved to tell the stories of climbing Mt. Whitney, hiking through the Grand Canyon and fighting off bears when they tried to steal the food from his campsite.Bill also wrote and was very proud of an unpublished book called Step by Step. He wanted to show how easy it was to learn to hike and camp. Bill was also a very loyal member of Memorial Baptist Church in which his elders were one of the original founders. He also was their dedicated Janitor for over twenty years. On 10-11-12 Bill came to Ohio to write the last chapters of his life. He enjoyed and cherished the close bond he and his sister Louetta had, went to the casinos, played Bingo, enjoyed many restaurants and having so much family surround him with good times. Bill wanted everyone to remember that he did some pretty amazing things, cared for the welfare of others always in spite of the handicap challenges he had. Taking it step by step, anything was possible. One of his famous stories was "Thirty Days Under God". To work at Yosemite National Park, he hitchhiked across the United States from Ohio with a sign that said California. He only took $100. He camped out in his sleeping bag, others that gave him a ride took him to their home for dinner, and he stopped at many churches to hear the sermon and message from God as to how to get there. He was proud of this accomplishment. Now, Bill will have all his days under God whom he followed faithfully. Visitation Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 10:00-11:00am at Memorial Baptist Church, Johnstown, PA where funeral services to begin at 11:00am. Burial at Grandview Cemetery, Johnstown, PA.
Published on January 17, 2018
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