Fred Bennethum Obituary

Fred J.  Bennethum
Fred J. Bennethum
Fred J. Bennethum

March 21, 1925 - May 21, 2007
Born in Bayard, IA
Resided in Polk City, IA
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Fred Junior Bennethum, 82, passed from this life on Monday, May 21, 2007 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 25, at Ridgedale Cemetery in Johnston. Visitation will be held after 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 24, at Sundberg-Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Madrid, where the family will greet friends from 5 to 7 p.m.

Fred was born on March 21, 1925 in Bayard, Iowa to Fred and Viola Titus Bennethum. He married Marjorie J. Blakley on February 17, 1947, and to this union, five children were born. They made their home in Polk City, before moving to Sheldahl in 1970. Fred was formerly employed with Cantex for 20 years, in the Maintenance Department, and later with Iowa State University for five years, until he retired in 1986. For 25 years, Fred and Marjorie were foster parents for numerous foster children, whom they loved and cared for deeply. Fred enjoyed fishing, working in his yard and loved spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived and lovingly remembered by three sons, Fred "Rocky" Bennethum and his wife, Sue of Sheldahl, Stan "Rick" Bennethum and his wife, Lisa of Woodward and Dale "Rusty" Bennethum of Des Moines; one daughter, Pam Smith and her husband, Doug also of Sheldahl; one sister, Margaret Welder of Madrid; 14 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and a host of numerous foster children. Fred was preceded in death by one son who died at infancy, Rowdy Bennethum; his parents; one sister, Eva Case; and his loving and devoted wife of 57 years, Marjorie Bennethum in 2003.


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Sundberg - Kirkpatrick
202 S. Market Street
Madrid, IA US 50156
Thursday, May 24, 2007
2:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Ridgedale Cemetery
Near Hyperion Golf Course
Johnston, IA US 50131
Friday, May 25, 2007
2:00 PM