PALM BAY, Fla. — Garold Duane Bennitt, 87, of Palm Bay, Florida, formerly of Galien, died peacefully Tuesday, August 18, 2020 in the comfort of his family’s presence.
He was born July 8, 1933 in Buchanan, Michigan, one of nine children born to Francis and Bessie Bennitt. He married Shirley Ann Schinske June 23, 1972 in Michigan. She preceded him in death October 3, 2009.
Garold loved his 1950 Light Blue Cadillac, old cars and motorcycles. He like to hunt with family and friends. He was a home body and enjoyed working in the yard and doing puzzle, which he would glue and hang at home. He was a Jimmy Buffett fan and his favorite song was “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere.
Garold will be greatly missed by family and friends.
He is survived by two daughters, Jeanne (Dan) Shelton of Berrien Springs, Beth (Tom) Tompkins of Three Oaks; one step-son, Tom (Renee’) Schinske of Malabar, Florida; five grandchildren, Amy, Colleen, and Lucas (Danelle) Shelton, Chris (Tracey) and Don (Rachael) Tompkins; two step-grandchildren, T.J. (Angela) and Melissa (Frank); ten great grandchildren, Katie, Danielle, Robert, Josephine, Jason, Emmitt, Naomi, Gabe, Hannah, Colin; two step-great-grandchildren, Ty and Dean; four great great-grandchildren, Meladee, Moon, Mace, Milo; one sister, Shirley Peterson of Buchanan; and a host of nieces and nephews. Garold was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; two brothers, Robert and Paul; five sisters, Mabel, Betty, Vivian, Dolores, and Ruthie.
Family and friends will gather Wednesday, August 26, 2020, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Pobocik Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, 106 Ash Street East, Three Oaks.
The family will observe a private burial in Galien Township Cemetery.
Memorial contributions in Garold’s memory may be made to Berrien County Cancer Services, 3900 Hollywood Road, St. Joseph, Michigan 49085.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Pobocik Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, Three Oaks. Please share a memory or a message online: wagnercares.com.