Thomas Coel Bennett, age 95, died peacefully surrounded by his family on Saturday, July 6, 2019. He was born on October 28, 1923 to Earl W. and Agnes E. (Coel) Bennett in Green Bay, WI. He had five siblings. He served his country in Patton's Third Army in World War II, European Theatre. He received his Bachelor's & Master's degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After his college education he began his career as a professor in the physical education department and served on coaching staffs of football, track and field, cross country and golf at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was an All-American in Track (1949) and was inducted into the UW-Athletics Hall of Fame. He was joined in marriage to Mary Lou Kraemer in 1950. He is survived by his wife, his four children, Tom (Kathie) Bennett, Anne (Doug Driskell) Bennett, Beth (Mike) Eaves, Jennifer (Arthur) Sexauer, 7 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. There will be a private family burial.
The family would like to extend their gratitude to the attending physicians, nurses and staff at UW-Hospital and Agrace Hospice.
Donations may be made in his honor to Bethel Horizons, 312 Wisconsin Ave, Madison, 53703. (www.bethel.madison.org)
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Hold memories close and family closer as you go through this difficult time. Thinking of you. ~ Joan Tipple and Family
I wish to extend my most sincere sympathy to the Bennett family in the loss of their dear Tom. I sang in the Bethel choir with Mary Lou many years ago & knew them as a wonderful family. I remember when Beth was dating Mike Eaves as he often came to church with them.& came down to the choir room. I have fond memories of Tom & Mary Lou's friendliness & kindness. God bless them all at this sorowful time.
Tom sorry to hear about your father. I know it's past Time,but I will blow my Shofar in tribute to him. News, It takes time to get to SC. Just wanted to pay respects to you and your family.
Curiosity question. Is this the Tom Bennett, son of Tom C., that I taught with at Orchard Ridge Middle School? What a legacy in this family for UW-Madison. Such a solid reputation in education. My sympathies to you and yours in this time ofmemory sharing. William E Kuenzi Jr. Math Teacher 1963-1974. ORJH/ORMS
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