Charles E. Bennett Jr., 89, French Lick entered into eternal rest on September 1st, 2015 at Springs Valley Meadows in French Lick, Indiana.
He was born in French Lick, Indiana on November 20th, 1925 to Charles Elbert âEbbâ Bennett Sr. and Grace (Cassidy) Bennett.
Charlie married the love of his life, Rosemary Qualkenbush on November 20th, 1950 in a family service at the home of her parents, Ellis and Beulah Qualkenbush.
He was preceded in death by parents, (2) Brothers â Leo and Zeno Bennett and (1) Sister â Frances Bruce.
Charlie graduated from the French Lick High School in 1943. Following high school, he joined the United States Army and served his country until January 8th, 1945, when he was wounded in Belgium. He was honorably awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge, Good Conduct Medal, European Theater of Operations Ribbon with 3 Stars and the WWII Victory Medal.
At the age of 21, Charlie began his career at the French Lick Springs Hotel as a manager trainee. When the Sheraton Hotel chain purchased the local resort, he was appointed resident manager of the resort convention center hotel in May of 1957. He left the local resort to accept the honor of assisting, establishing and building the Jasper Holiday Inn.
He and his wife moved to Bloomington in 1962 where he served as in-house resident manager of the Biddle Continuation Center at Indiana University. In June of 1977, he was appointed as associate director of the Indiana Memorial Union (IMU). He was awarded as a Union Board Honorary Life Member. He also became a member of the Indiana Hotel and Motel Association and served as Vice President in 1986.
Charlie was a member of the French Lick American Legion Post 76, French Lick Masonic Lodge #586 F&AM and the Beechwood Christian Church. He was bestowed the honor of being a Kentucky Colonel and a member of the Associations of College Unions International.
He is survived by:
Wife Rosemary (Qualkenbush) Bennett French Lick, Indiana
(1) Niece Julie Glover Indianapolis, Indiana
Several Nieces, Nephews, Cousins and Friends also survive Charlie.
Funeral ceremony will be conducted by Pastor John Moffatt and Joan Daniels on Saturday, September 5th, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Home. Interment will follow in the Ames Chapel Cemetery, Paoli, Indiana. Military Graveside Rites will be performed by the French Lick American Legion Post 76 and there will be a Masonic Memorial Service conducted at 7:00 PM Friday by the French Masonic Lodge #586 F&AM.
Friends may call Friday from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Home and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service.
The family requests memorial contributions be made to the Indiana University Foundation, Post Office Box 6460, Indianapolis, IN 46206-6460.
Arrangements are in the care of Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Home 9640 W. State Rd. 56 French Lick, In. 47432.
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