Raymond "Ray" Earl Bennett
Raymond "Ray" Earl Bennett
November 27, 1940 - July 7, 2021


Raymond Earl “Ray” Bennett, 80, of Palatka passed away Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at Putnam Community Medical Center in Palatka following an extended illness.

Ray was born and raised in Battle Creek, Michigan where he graduated from high school. Upon graduation he enlisted with the United States Marine Corps where he served honorably for 3 years. He retired as a welder and pipefitter, and was a member of Union Local 333 in Michigan. He had also owned and operated a charter fishing boat fishing in the Great Lakes. He enjoyed serving others through the Loyal Order of Moose, Palatka Lodge #184 where he was an active member. As a Moose member he had held Multiple Officer Positions in the local lodge, also served as District President, Chairman for the Valued Veterans and Moose Legion Ambassador for North Florida. The culmination of his years of service with the Moose was when he received his coveted gold jacket and received the designation as Pilgrim at Mooseheart, Illinois last month. He also enjoyed playing golf, hunting, fishing and riding his Harley-Davidson.

Surviving are his wife of 15 years, Betty L. Bennett; a brother, Ron Bennett; a step-son, Frank Bennett, two step-daughters, Kaye Short and Renee Allen; four grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday, July 11, 2021 at Masters Funeral Home in Palatka with Pilgrim Brother Larry Cundiff and Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #184 Chaplain Ben Baggs officiating. The United States Marine Corps will bestow military honors. The family will begin receiving friends one hour prior to the start of the service.

Memorial gifts may be sent to Betty Bennett so that the proceeds may be distributed to various charities, C/O Masters Funeral Home, 3015 Crill Ave., Palatka, FL 32177.

The service will be livestreamed at www.vimeo.com/mastersfuneralhome.

Friends may sign the online register at www.themastersfuneralhomes.com.

Masters Funeral Home of Palatka is in charge of arrangements

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