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James W. Bennett, 88

| August 26, 2020 12:00 AM

James William Bennett, 88, of Coeur d’Alene, passed away Aug. 15, 2020. Jim was born on Oct. 13, 1931, in La Crescenta, Calif., to Cadwallader Price Bennett and Lillian Dane (Fugate) Bennett. His father passed away in 1933 in California. Jim had one brother, Ernest, and three sisters, Evelyn, Helen and Kathryn.

Jim attended schools in California, Wisconsin, Indiana and Tennessee. He joined the U.S. Navy in May of 1949 and received training in San Diego. Jim attended Hospital Corps School at the San Diego Navy Hospital. He served as a medic at the Oakland Navy Hospital and was then assigned to a destroyer and served two tours in the Korean War.

In 1972, Jim met the lovely Rosie Feilscher at a friend’s home in Gardena, Calif. It was love at first sight! They were married on Jan. 3, 1974, in Las Vegas.

Once honorably discharged from the Navy, Jim worked construction for two years, then joined the Los Angeles Police Department for 24 years. After retiring from the LAPD, Jim worked for the U.S. Army, Department of Defense in Wiesbaden, Germany, for nearly 14 years in anti-terrorism against the Red Army Faction (RAF). He returned to the United States in January of 1995 and settled in Coeur d’Alene.

Jim’s interests included reading, gardening and travel. He was a member of the Los Angeles Police Protective League.

Jim is preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Ernest; and sisters, Evelyn and Helen. He is survived by his loving wife, Rosie; his five children: Steven Ray Bennett (Bobbi) of Beaumont, Calif., James Price Bennett (Sharyl) of Victorville, Calif., Dean Harrison Bennett of Garden Grove, Calif., Michael Lee Bennett (Brenda) of Las Vegas; and Dianna Gail (Bennett) Gibbons (Terry) of Littleton, Colo.; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; his sister, Kathryn; and other extended family and friends.

Yates Funeral Home is entrusted with final arrangements. No services are planned per Jim’s wishes. Please visit Jim’s online memorial and sign his guest book at www.yatesfuneralhomes.com