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Frank Bennett - longtime Hinckley, IL jumper

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He made his first jump at age 50 and nearly 1,600 more trips, soaring on adrenaline

By Joan Giangrasse Kates
Special to the Tribune

February 2 2008

A skydiving enthusiast for more than 20 years, Frank Eugene Bennett always liked to look before he leaped -- something loved ones say he did 1,599 times.

The complete article can be viewed at:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/obituaries/chi-hed_bennett_satfeb02,0,5192746.story

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Blue ones; condolences to friends and family.

Article said he was a radio operator in the Navy; I was a radio operator in the Army. I loved talking to Navy guys on ships when they entered our net. Said he was stationed aboard the Missouri, too -nice shop. I got to tour it once and was very impressed. Sounds like he had a good service career.

Godspeed to a sailor, jumper, & pilot.
~Jaye
Do not believe that possibly you can escape the reward of your action.

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Blue Skies, Frank!!! A couple of days before Frank went home to that great drop zone in the upper upper atmospheres, a bunch of us went over to say goodbye. We took over the house, (his relatives were very understanding, even gave us beer), and we told him lots of loud stories, laughed and cried, and gave him a great sendout. Yes, of COURSE we sang to him. Hinckley tradition. You could tell he knew we were there because his breathing would change when different people talked to him. When we were leaving I went over one last time, and when I said "Bye Frank!" he mouthed "bye" right back. A great guy. An honor to have known him.
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I never got a chance tp meet Mr. Bennett, but what an amazing life and legacy (brought tears to my eyes)!! Wish I'd had the chance too meet him, but if not here, I am sure we will meet on the other side. Godspeed and Blue Skies!!!
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