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Gerd Bennett

d. July 25, 2018

Gerd Bennett, age 43, of Athens, IL, passed away on Wednesday, July 25, 2018.

He was born on October 17, 1974 in West Covina, CA the son of Deborah Gillum.

Gerd is survived by his wife, Beverly Bennett; three children, Kayla, Kyle, Kaleb Bennett; mother, Deborah Gillum; mother in law and father in law, Brian and Vanessa Neavill; half-sister, Tammy Renee Bennett; brother in law, Bradley Thompson, step brother, Derek Neavill; grandfather Chester Bennett, as well as several nephews and friends.

Preceded in death by his grandparents, Leroy and Gertrude Brown; grandmother, Gertrud Bennett; as well as an aunt and uncle, Fred and Tjuana White.

Gerd loved his family and his wife of 21 years unconditionally. He was an avid online video game player, member of “The Herd,” where he played under the name of “Windingbeast.” He loved attending concerts with his children, enjoyed watching his daughter, Kayla cheerlead and enjoyed watching both of his sons, Kyle and Kaleb play football.

Cremation rites have been accorded.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made out to “Gerd Bennett Memorial Fund at Athens State Bank” or “Bennett Kids Memorial Fund” on

Mott & Henning Funeral Home is taking care of the Bennett family. On-line condolences can be shared at


  1. So sorry for your loss. Prayers for all the family that you can find comfort in this difficult time.

  2. Dear Bennett Family, I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers..

  3. I am totally devastated by the sudden passing of Gerd. I cannot imagine how you all feel. We are praying for you all. God Bless…Dorvana and John Hausmann

  4. May you find peace in wonderful memories and the joy of smiling with each one. So sorry for your loss.

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