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Tony Lee Bennett

January 3, 1960 — May 22, 2023

McCook, NE

Tony Lee Bennett, age 63, of McCook, NE passed away on Monday, May 22, 2023 at Kearney

Regional Medical Center in Kearney, NE after a short but courageous battle with cancer.

Tony was born January 3, 1960 in Kearney to parents Harold and Patty (McMahan) Bennett. As

the second youngest in a family of 8, Tony developed his charming personality at a young age

always bringing joy and laughter wherever he went. He spent most of his early childhood in

Imperial, Nebraska before the Bennett family moved to McCook in 1971. Tony developed a

love for sports young when he became an avid St. Louis Cardinal fan, sneaking into his father’s

car to listen to the games on the radio as a kid. He also personally excelled in athletics,

competing in basketball and football for the Bison. Tony graduated from McCook Senior High

with the Class of 1978.

On January 6, 1979, Tony married the love of his life, Sharon (Woodruff) Bennett in McCook.

Tony and Sharon have an everlasting love and were blessed to celebrate their 44th wedding

anniversary earlier this year.  The couple made their home in McCook with their two children,

Nate and Amanda. He enjoyed camping, fishing and was always the biggest supporter of his

children and grandchildren in all their activities and sporting events. Some of Tony’s proudest

moments came from being a husband, father, and grandfather.

Tony was a kindhearted and generous soul to family, friends, and strangers. He deeply valued

his family and would always put himself second to those he loved. Tony found strength and

comfort in his faith attending the Evangelical Free Church where he was an active Life Team


At the time of his death, Tony worked as an area manager for Van Diest where he had been

employed for over 20 years.

Tony was preceded in death by his father, Harold Bennett; mother-in-law Nina Woodruff;

father-in-law Bob Woodruff; brother Tim Bennett and brother-in-law Pete Burger.

Those left to celebrate his life include his wife, Sharon Bennett of McCook; son Nate and wife

Heather Bennett and their daughter, Ella, of Kearney; daughter Amanda Bennett and her son,

Asher, of McCook; mother, Patty Bennett of McCook; sister, Daylene Bennett of Estes Park,

CO; brothers, Tom (Jody) Bennett of Winter Haven, FL, Terry (Tammy) Bennett of Estes Park,

CO and Todd (Julie) Bennett of Grand Island, NE; sister-in-law Terri Smith of Lakeland FL;

brother-in-law David (Deann) of Chandler, AZ; and numerous nieces, nephews and extended

family members.

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