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 Bennett, Judson V
Bennett, Judson V

Judson V. Bennett, age 66 of Sparta Twp., NJ died Thursday August 7, 2014 at Newton Medical Center. Born in Newton, Judson had resided in Sparta Twp. most of his life. Son of the late G. Vincent and Lucy (Vaughan) Bennett, Judson worked more than 30 years as a Consulting Forester.  A devout and active member of the First Baptist Church of Newton, he also served as the Head Usher and Financial Secretary.  He was also an active member of the NJ Tree Farm System where he served as the treasurer and was involved with the Society of American Foresters.  Judson enjoyed the outdoors, was an avid gardener, and spent down time reading books particularly on Civil War history. 
          A loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and brother, Judson will truly be missed by all who knew and loved him. He is survived by his beloved wife of forty-three years Deanna (Long) Bennett; his children Joshua Bennett and his wife, Kimberly, of Vernon; Andrew Bennett and his wife, Amy, of Maryville, TN; Miriam Millsaps and her husband,  Lee, of Knoxville, TN; and Nathan Bennett and his wife, Katie, of Hardyston; his brother Frank W. Bennett and his wife, Beverly of Sparta, NJ; and sisters Edna Pett of Erie, PA; and Lillian Killeen and her husband, Michael, of Sparta, NJ, and grandchildren Amelia, Aiden, and Ava Bennett of Maryville, TN; Bethany, Faith and Hannah Bennett of Vernon, NJ, as well as several nieces and nephews.    
Graveside Funeral services will be held Monday August 11, 2014 at 10:00 AM at the Sparta Cemetery.  Visitation will be held Sunday from 2 to 5PM at Iliff-Ruggiero Funeral Home, 156 Main St. Newton, NJ. Memorial contributions in Judson’s memory may be made to the First Baptist Church of Newton, 110 Main St. Newton, NJ 07860. Online condolences may be offered through www.iliff-ruggierofuneralhome.com 

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Judson Bennett was such a good influence on our lives and always set a good example to follow, his absence will be deeply felt. I will miss his stories which gave me a greater respect for nature and the history of the land around us.
John Pironti
Sincere condolences. I was honored to have worked with Judson at WCSCD. He was a true gentleman.
Mary Baldwin
Judson was a classmate of mine in grade school and high school in Sparta. He truly loved the outdoors; we used to camp on his family farm. I always choose him when playing sports in school; we always tried to get on the same team! Sorry to his family for their loss; we will miss him at our 50 th high school reunion in 2015. Brian Owens
Brian Owens
Dear Deanna and Family, My family and I were very shocked and saddened to hear of Judson's sudden passing. He was a good man and such a good friend to my Dad and Uncle, who will both be happy to welcome him into heaven. I for one, will miss swapping tales and hiking the property with Judson, as well as hearing his slow ambling "well yeah" and easy laugh. We wish you and your family our deepest sympathy
Mike Dericks
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