J. Michael “Mike” Bennett, 70, Jasper

Mike BennettJ. Michael “Mike” Bennett, 70, of Jasper, died Friday (August 25) at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born in Oakland City February 11, 1947, to William and Barbara Bennett. He married Ann Meyer October 18, 2003, in Las Vegas.

Mike was a United States Air Force veteran and served in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. He was a graduate of the Indiana State Police Academy and worked with the Indiana State Police for 33 years (1973-2005), advancing to the position of Assistant District Commander after holding positions of Trooper and Squad Sergeant. He was a parole agent for the Indiana Department of Corrections from 2008 to 2012. Since 2012 he has served the City of Jasper as the Chief of Police.

He was also a graduate of the Southern Police Institute, a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, the Indiana Chief of Police Association, Vice President of the Southwest Indiana Law Enforcement Council, the Dubois County Community Corrections Board, Jasper Police Department Pension Board, the Dubois County Local Emergency Planning Commission, and the Jasper Indiana Freemasons-Line Lodge #743. He enjoyed playing golf, and watching St. Louis Cardinals, Indiana University basketball and Indianapolis Colts football.

He is survived by his wife, Ann Bennett; five children, Michelle Dellion and husband Rob, Vincennes, Kristy Bennett, San Diego, California, Mike Bennett, Jeffersonville, and Rhett and Rhiley Eckert, both of Jasper; his mother, Barbara Bennett, Princeton; one sister, Connie Doyle and husband Al, Avon; and one brother, Larry “Bones” Bennett, Hermitage, Tennessee. He was preceded in death by his father, William Bennett, former chief of the Princeton Police Department.

Friends may call from noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the J. Michael Bennett Endowment Fund, Dubois County Community Foundation. Proceeds from the endowment will go toward the needs of the Jasper Police Department. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Redemption Christian Church in Jasper with burial following in Fairview Cemetery. Jasper mayor Terry Seitz and Chaplain Rick Mann will officiate. American Legion Post No. 147, in conjunction with the Jasper Police and Indiana State Police, will conduct military graveside rites.

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