Lansing, Michigan

Sherman was born on July 19, 1924 in Greenleaf, KS, the son of William and Luella Bennett and claimed his gift of eternal life in Heaven on February 10, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife of 64 years Ruby in 2009, and four brothers: Dean, Earl, Delmar and Carl.

Sherman worked for the Grand Trunk Western Railroad for 38 years, retiring as Trainmaster. He was also a partner in Drury and Bennett Landscaping.

Surviving are his 6 children, Robert (Janet) and Randall (Leah), Sandra (John) Schram, Annette (Thomas) DeMay, Linda (George) Wright and Barbara (Timothy) McQueen; brothers, Loren (Gerry) and Gerald; 13 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

He was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church and served in the Navy during World War II. He was a member of the American Legion 40 et 8 where he was given the Honorary Chef de Gar award. He served on the committees of several Boy Scout Troops and was one of the original members of the North Lansing Electric Railroad Museum. He also drove 8 years for the “Road to Recovery” for the Red Cross. He especially loved traveling, woodworking, his flower garden, bird watching, and spending time with his family.

The family will receive friends at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel from 6-8 p.m. on Friday and beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday at the church. The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 14, 2015, at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Lansing, with interment to follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Lansing. Memorial contributions may be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church or the charity of your choice.

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    Tim Parker Says:

    I was saddened to hear of the passing of your dad. I first met Sherm back in the 60s and 70s when I hung out at the Washington Ave Tower along with a bunch of others also interested in railroads. I later went to work for the other railroad in Lansing and lost touch with him over the years. He was well liked by his fellow employees which is not all that common in our industry and gives you an idea as to what a nice guy he was. I’m sure this is not news to you.
    He once told me he had several scrap books full of items about the railroad and I was wondering if he still had it. I would hate to see this lost. If no one else has offered I would be willing to assist you if you have any questions about any of his railroad stuff. Also RR Retirement is always a month behind in payments so the check he would have received on March first is actually for Feb and would be part of his estate.
    Tim Parker, Perry

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    Pat Hunter Says:

    I am sorry for your loss. Your Dad was a great boss to work for.

    My prayers go out to you at this sad time.

    Pat Hunter
    Port Isabel , TX

  3. 7
    MarieGillis Says:

    Linda,
    I am sorry to hear your dad passed.
    My thoughts are with you and your family this Valentines Day. I bet there is a lot of love surrounding you all today.

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    Judy Regier-Wallace Says:

    Love & Peace Mr. Bennett, as I shall always fondly remember as. My condolences to family & friends. Love!!!!

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