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Harold Allen Bennitt Jr.
May 26, 1947 ~ November 14, 2023 (age 76) 76 Years Old
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Harold was born on May 26, 1947 in LaPorte, Indiana to Harold Allen Bennitt Sr. and Helen M. (Martensen) Bennitt.
He passed away on November 14, 2023 in Palm Bay Florida at home with his daughter, Michele and son-in-law Dan, by his side.
Harold graduated from Rolling Prairie High School in 1966. Where he played football for four years. After graduating high school, he attended Sam’s Technical Institute in Indianapolis, Indiana. There he majored in drafting, graduating in 1968. He joined local 172 Plumbers and Pipefitters. While living in LaPorte he worked for Dye Mechanical and ran Comfort Control. He was Exalted Ruler of the Elks Lodge in LaPorte. He was also a member of the LaPorte Yacht Club.
After retiring Harold moved to Palm Bay, Florida where he enjoyed playing golf. He was so proud when he got his Chef’s license. He really loved to BBQ. He worked as an outside Chef at his friend’s restaurant. He enjoyed flipping his burgers and his specialty was Prime Rib. For breakfast he made a mean eggs benedict.
Harold is survived by his daughter, Michele (Dan) Troche, sister Judy (the late Ron) Harenza. Niece’s Dana Ehrich and Tara Harenza. Nephew’s Darrin Eigenmann and John Harenza.
Harold is preceded in death by both parents, Harold and Helen. Sister Thelma Eigenmann and both sets of grandparents.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 23, 2024, at Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, 1117 Indiana Avenue, La Porte, Indiana.
A memorial service will follow the visitation at 1 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home. Burial will follow at Pine Lake Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to LaPorte County Animal Shelter or American Cancer Society.
Florida arrangements are being handled by Ammen Family Cremation and Funeral Home, Palm Bay, Florida. Local arrangements are being handled by Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, LaPorte, Indiana.
To light a virtual candle, share a story of Harold’s life or leave a message of comfort for his family, please visit www.EsslingFuneralHome.com.