Roger Lee Bennett, 83, of Cornelius, NC passed away peacefully on March 30, 2022. He was
born in Akeley, Minnesota on May 12, 1938 to the late Matt and Gladys Bennett, and grew up in
Klamath Falls, Oregon. He is preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Anne Brown Bennett.
He is survived by his daughters, Dana Pettis (David) of Caledonia, NY and Cameron Bennett
(Angela) of Chicago, IL; granddaughter, Julia Pettis of Rochester, NY; niece/honorary daughter,
Lara Mele (Don) and honorary granddaughters, Darby & Tristan Mick of Boone, NC; and many
nieces, nephews, and friends he loved dearly.
Roger was a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, and received a Master’s Degree in
Mechanical Engineering from Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. After leaving the
Navy, he enjoyed a long career as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for several
companies, which found him transferred to many parts of the United States. This instilled in him
a love of travel and seeing different parts of the world. After settling in their dream home on
Lake Norman, Roger and Anne felt like it was being on vacation every day, and loved to
entertain their family and friends. He especially loved being “Bumpa” to his granddaughters.
Roger volunteered for Habitat For Humanity, enjoyed playing golf, and was an avid reader. He
rarely missed a weekly dinner gathering at a local restaurant with close friends who he
treasured. He will be dearly missed, but is at peace with his beloved wife.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date in Oregon.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association (www.heart.org), or Habitat For Humanity (www.habitat.org).