Jerry P. Bennett

Jerry Paul “Buster” Bennett, 86, of Richmond, died Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, at Ray County Memorial Hospital, Richmond.

Buster was born May 13, 1930, in Richmond, to John F. and Gladys R. (Jeffers) Bennett. He married Betty Mae Moore, of Excelsior Springs, Jan. 15, 1957. She preceded him in death Oct. 17, 2003.

Survivors include: two sons and daughters-in-law, Frank A. and Terry Lynn Bennett, of Independence, and Ralph P. and Meredith Bennett, of Liberty; one daughter, Clifonda Bennett, of Richmond; one granddaughter, Margot Louise Zubia, and her husband, Trinidad “Chappy;” one great-grandson, Augustus “Gus” Bennett Zubia; and a niece whom he considered as a daughter, Joie Leonard and her husband, Steve, of Gladstone.

In addition to his wife, Buster was preceded in death by a sister, Beulah “Jean” Denton.

Buster was a booth cleaner for Ford Motor Company for 33 years, retiring in 1994. He was a member of the U.A.W. Union local 249. He was a United States Air Force veteran of the Korean War. He was a loving father and grandfather. He especially enjoyed family gatherings. Buster loved watching football and WWE wrestling. He was a kind man who would go out of his way to help anyone. Buster was quite a prankster. He was of the Christian faith and had lived most of his life in Richmond.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the donor’s choice.

Visitation were 12 to 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18, at Thurman Funeral Home, Richmond. Funeral services followed at 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Inurnment will be at a later date. Military honors were conducted by Ray County Veterans. Online condolences may be left at

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