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Michael James BennettMichael James Bennett Rock Springs - Michael James Bennett, 51, of Rock Springs died February 21, 2016 at his home after sudden illness. He was born January 21, 1965 in Ogden, Utah, the son of Ray Bennett and Kathleen Osborne Bennett. He attended schools in Evanston and graduated from Evanston High School with the class of 1984. He had worked as a truck driver, mechanic, and was a farmer while living in Bismarck, North Dakota. He married Lucia Schoepp February 19, 1999 in Steele, North Dakota. They were later divorced. His interests were building car models, working on cars, his dog Buddy, and spending time with his grandchildren. Survivors include step-children Celia Schoepp of Mandan, North Dakota, Carrie Bitz of Rock Springs, Staci Hayes and husband Tyler, Carresse Ascota and husband Luis of Mandan, and Crystal Ixmatlahue and husband Adolfino of Rock Springs; brothers Roy Bennett of Rock Springs, and Ray Brian Bennett of Evanston; grandchildren Seth Bennett, Tasha Shatz, Kayden Schoepp, Lane Fuchs, Julian Kistler, Kali Schoepp, Tryztan Ixmatlahue, Aaron and Ryan Hayes, Luis Jr. and Amairany Ascota; niece Andrea Bennett and her son Seth Bennett. He was preceded in death by his parents Ray and Kathleen Bennett, sister Lisa Bennett, and step-son JR Bitz. Cremation will take place a Fox Crematory, Rock Springs. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 25, 2016 at the New Life Ministries Church, 105 K St., Rock Springs where friends and family may call one hour prior to the services. Pastor John Ratcliff will officiate. In lieu of flowers, family request that donations be made to Fox Funeral Home, 2800 Commercial Way, Rock Springs 82901 to help pay for funeral expenses.
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