Robert W. Bennett

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September 10, 1935 - May 16, 2019
Born in Fort Smith, AR
Resided in Florissant, MO

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Robert W. Bennett was born September 10, 1935 and passed in his hometown of Florissant in the early hours of May 16th.  He grew up in Ft. Smith, Arkansas and eventually built his life in Florissant, Mo. He was a jet engine mechanic in the United States Air Force and went on to work for McDonnell Douglas, Ozark Airlines, TWA and American Airlines.  Along with being a skilled jet engine mechanic, he obtained his business degree, mechanics degree and his pilot’s license. His passion for flight extended to his hobbies as well and he loved to build and fly model airplanes as part of his model airplane club.

He is survived by his beloved wife Linda Bennett of Florissant; his daughter Liz (Gabe) Zwilling of O’Fallon; his granddaughter Ashley (Nick) Jennings; his grandsons Logan and Luke Zwilling; and his great-grandson Emmett Jennings. Robert was loved for his kind spirit, his sense of humor, and his devotion as a husband and father. He will be dearly missed.

Contributions in Robert’s memory can be made to St. Louis Area Honor Flight.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Tory May 16, 2019 at 5:12 pm - Reply

    candle 8So very sorry for your loss

  2. Darwin Evelsizer May 16, 2019 at 8:26 pm - Reply

    candle 7I have know Bob for 40 years through our mutual interest in radio control model aircraft. I will greatly miss my conversations with him and helping each other with our models.

  3. Willi b Sobozinski May 16, 2019 at 11:44 pm - Reply

    candle 7We lost a good friend Bob was always there to help and i will miss him RIP Robert

  4. Pauline Hicks May 17, 2019 at 9:20 am - Reply

    Rest In Peace Bob.

    My sympathy is with. You, Linda, LIZ, GABE,Ashley ,NIC

    Logan, Luke and Emmett Dwayne.

  5. PAULINE. HICKS May 17, 2019 at 10:10 am - Reply



  6. Sonia Hicks May 17, 2019 at 10:42 am - Reply

    candle 4Linda, Liz, Gabe Ashley & Nick,
    The years we all celebrated Christmas together was wonderful. Liz getting to know your mom and dad just expanded our family. We sure had a lot of good times and great memories. I know Bob is in Heaven and we will all be together again one day. Love you all Sonia

  7. Kevin Barton May 17, 2019 at 10:45 am - Reply

    Sorry for your loss. I won’t be able to make the funeral. He was my crew chief at TWA.

  8. Richard Bennett May 17, 2019 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    Thanks for 83 years.

  9. Anthony Goff May 17, 2019 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    candle 8Best crewchief I had at TWA.

  10. Keith Richardson Jr May 17, 2019 at 1:23 pm - Reply

    Best CC I had at TWA ! Bob was my friend and I use to see him flying at the field. May God bless U and Your and keep the family strong during this time. Sorry for your loss!

  11. Pat Keebey May 17, 2019 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    Bob was a good friend and and a delight to participate with in Spirit of St. Louis activities. Pat Keebey,

  12. Keith Richardson Jr May 17, 2019 at 1:25 pm - Reply

    candle 7Sorry For Your Loss!

  13. Elmer Hawse May 17, 2019 at 2:51 pm - Reply

    Sorry to hear of BOB’s passing , he was a good friend working at Ozark and TWA . My prayers are with
    the Bennett family .

  14. Darrell Hawkins May 17, 2019 at 3:01 pm - Reply

    Bob and I went on several trips to work on out of service aircraft with Ozark when I was a Tech. and he was in Insp. Dept. We always had a good time. You had to know Bob to know what that was like. Sorry for your loss.

  15. HERSCHEL SCHNEIDER May 17, 2019 at 3:19 pm - Reply


  16. John Turbe May 17, 2019 at 4:05 pm - Reply

    Good bye Bob
    It’s so sad to hear about great guys passing on. He was Always ready to help out his fellow mechanics and never a mean word. I am thankful to have known Bob. RIP old friend.

  17. Charlie Schmidt May 17, 2019 at 5:18 pm - Reply

    Bob made this red worm R&E c/c from KC feel welcome at “the hub”. I enjoyed his knowledge, assistance, humor, and friendship. Sorry we never had our “spot of tea”.

  18. Lori Berghorn May 17, 2019 at 8:48 pm - Reply

    May you rest in peace Uncle Bob. You brought so much happiness to all of our extended family. You set an amazing example of giving and caring for others. You brightened our family events with your presence. We are so blessed to call you our family. We will never forget you. I wouldn’t trade the times we spent together for anything. I love you Uncle Bob.

    Linda, Liz, Gabe and family,
    He was one of a kind. God truly blessed you with a wonderful, giving and kind husband and father. We will be praying for you all.

  19. Mr Walt Wilson May 17, 2019 at 11:45 pm - Reply

    I’m very sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. I flew and talked with him often at the Spirits’ of St. Louis R/C Flying Club field. He was a skilled and innovative model builder as well as a good flyer and great guy
    May your skies be clear and the winds mild, Bob. Rest in peace.

  20. Ken High May 18, 2019 at 7:21 am - Reply

    Bob and I go way back as fellow flyers and friends. He took me under his wing as a new airline employee at Ozark Airlines in the late 70’s. We spent quite a few summers together flying our models together at the Spirit’s field. He was one of the “go to guys” at work! If the world were full of more people like Bob, it would no doubt be a better place! It was a true honor to know this man and his family!

  21. Joan Carter May 18, 2019 at 2:18 pm - Reply

    candle 3Bob was a wonderful brother in law. Ernie and I enjoyed all the times we were together. He gave generously of his time to make the long trips to Colorado to keep the family close. He always joked that I was a 34 model and he was a 35 model. HaHa! He was a very giving and kind man. He will be greatly missed.

  22. Eddie "Pete" Peterson May 18, 2019 at 6:35 pm - Reply

    candle 8Bob aka grubby was an excellent mechanic and friend. We worked almost everyday together on 2nd shift fairchild engines. He taught me how to check engine oil by putting the dipstick between my armpit. He was always a happy and pleasant guy. Rest in peace my brother

  23. Liz (Bennett) Zwilling May 18, 2019 at 11:23 pm - Reply

    Thank you all for such kind words. I recognize so many names from stories over the years or even meeting you as a kiddo at that flying field. He loved each and every one of you

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