Jerry W. Bennett, age 79 of Cozad, formerly of Lexington.

Jerry Bennett, age 79 of Cozad, formerly of Lexington, passed away August 26, 2013 at his home in Cozad.

Jerry was born March 19, 1934, to Harold and Hazelle (Broomfield) Bennett in Red Willow County, Nebraska. He attended the Red Willow School before graduating from Lebanon High School in 1952. In January of 1954 Jerry entered the U.S. Army. Following his discharge he attended McCook Junior College.

Jerry met Joan Palmer in the Fall of 1956 and just a few months later the two were married in Wilsonville. The couple lived in McCook where Jerry worked at various jobs including the McCook Police Department and Fire Department. In 1969 Jerry studied broadcast engineering in Texas and then relocated the family to Lexington to accept an engineering position at KRVN Radio as the station expanded to 50,000 watts. Jerry asked for extra hours and began to fill in as a weekend broadcaster. He had a strong, distinctive voice and a gift for connecting to an audience. Jerry was asked to permanently transition to the broadcast department and was a popular personality at the station for nearly 25 years, eventually retiring in 1992. After retirement Jerry and Joan traveled the United States in their RV, spending extensive time in Texas. When his health began to decline Jerry and Joan returned to Dawson County, this time to Cozad, to be close to family.

Jerry was gifted with a good sense of humor and the ability to communicate well with others. He could have a conversation with anyone and made it his business to share in the diverse interests of his children and grandchildren. Jerry loved to make people laugh, and made a conscious effort to inject humor into everyday life. Music was always important to Jerry. He sang in a band in his younger years and played a variety of stringed instruments throughout his life. During his time in Texas, Jerry became quite skilled at woodcarving. Everyone in the family, and many of his friends, have something carved specially for them.

Jerry loved being a member of the Cozad Christian Church and took special joy in watching the children's programs, especially when his great-grandson was a participant. Jerry was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Lexington and achieved the level of Worshipful Master, which was something that he encouraged his sons to do as well. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge in Fredericksburg, Texas and is a past president of the Tri-County Shrine Club. Jerry was also serving as Associate Patron for the Order of the Eastern Star in Cozad at the time of his death.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Raymond, Kent and Gordon; and a great grandchild, Sam.

Survivors include his wife, Joan Bennett of Cozad; 2 sons, Scott (Tammy) Bennett of Raymond; Ed (Joni) Bennett of Lexington; 2 daughters, Lori Ann (Brent) Scroggin and Gloria (John) Palmer of Cozad; 9 Grandchildren, Amanda (Kevin) Rummel, Jake Bennett, Tyanne (Drew) Mischnick, Jacque Scroggin, Austin Scroggin and fiancée Shannon Bornhoft, Jock Scroggin, Adam Hild and fiancée Jodi Last, Bradley (Brittany) Hild, Sarah Hild; 7 great grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Connie Bennett of Lexington; Rosalie (Ben) Desmond of Bartley, June Palmer of Wilsonville; along with many other relatives and friends.

A memorial has been established in his memory. Condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.

Memorial services will be held on Friday, August 30, 2013 at 4 p.m. at the Cozad Christian Church with Pastor Jeremy Jech officiating. Inurnment with military honors will be held at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery at Maxwell, prior to service time.

Visitation for memorial book signatures will be on Thursday, from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad.

Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad is in charge of arrangements.

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