OLD TOWN - Reginald "Regi" K. Bennett, 58, died unexpectedly Dec. 21, 2012, after a brief illness. He was born Jan. 17, 1954, in Fort Ord, Calif., the son of Cleveland and Johnnie-Mae (Battle) Bennett.
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Regi was raised and educated in Seaside, Calif., and Butzbach, Germany. He was a very intelligent and hardworking man, and was very proud to serve his country in the Army for 30 years retiring in 2003 with the rank of sergeant major, including a six-month tour in Bosnia. He was a proud member of the Order of St. George. He was also a member of the American Legion for nine years. In 1977 Regi met Roxann Luce in Kansas and they were blessed with 33 years of marriage. Together they raised their son, Reginald K. Bennett II, also known as Beau, who followed in his parents footsteps and proudly joined the Army. They also unofficially adopted a young man named Danny Addy. Regi loved his sons and enjoyed spending time with his family. He was known to be a quiet family man with a fun loving, mischievous side. He would often find reasons to have family and friends over for gatherings so he could fry up a turkey in the back yard. Regi was very generous and giving. He was also a man of great integrity.
He was predeceased by his parents; and a brother, Dwight Bennett. He will be missed by his wife, Roxann of Old Town; his sons, Eric Queen and his wife, Annette, of Oregon, Reginald K. Bennett II and his wife, Jenny, of Gilroy, Calif., and Danny Addy of Texas; three brothers, John Bennett and his wife, Dorothy, of San Jose, Calif., Clark Bennett and his wife, Marion, of Seaside, Calif., and Robert Bennett of Marina, Calif.; a beloved Aunt Faye Coleman of Seaside, Calif.; and his three grandchildren, Rachelle, Corbin and Aiden.
A celebration of Regi's life will be conducted 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, at Birmingham Funeral Home, 438 Main St., Old Town, with Pastor Tim Boone officiating. Friends may visit 6 p.m. until the time of service. Private services will be conducted at Maine Veterans Cemetery, Augusta, at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to CancerCare of Maine, attention children's services, care of Health Care Charities P.O. Box 931, Bangor, ME 04402-0931 or www.healthcarecharities.org. Notes of condolence may be left at www.birminghamfuneralhome.com.
Published in BDN Maine on December 25, 2012