Reginald Bennett, 88, Hays, formerly of Russell, died Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, at the Via Christi Village, Hays.

He was born on April 15, 1929, in Shawnee, Okla., to Jim and Ruth (Knight) Bennett. He was a 1948 graduate of Russell High School.

He married Carol J. Milberger on September 9, 1956, in Russell. She preceded him in death June 20, 2015. He purchased Haynes Oil, Inc. forming Bennett & Schulte Oil Co. until his retirement in 2011 and then formed C&R Oil, Inc. which continues today.

Survivors include two sons, Ron Bennett, Hays, and Reginald T. Bennett, Olathe; and two grandchildren.

Services will be at 10:30 am. Friday at St. John Lutheran Church Little Chapel, Russell. Masonic rites by Russell Masonic Lodge No. 177; burial in St. John Lutheran Cemetery, Russell with military honors by Russell V.F.W. Post 6240. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday with family present from 6 to 7 p.m. at Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary, Russell.

Memorials are suggested to St. John Lutheran Church or Russell Shrine Travel Fund in care of the mortuary.