Ettrick, WI: Bennett Alston Onsrud, passed away peacefully to the eternal Lord and Savior on Saturday, May 25, 2019, after a brief stay at the Grandview Care Center in Blair, to be with the love of his life Helen who passed away on January 31, 2019. Bennett was born on March 29, 1925 to Alfred and Bessie (Simonson) Onsrud in Ettrick, WI. He was baptized and confirmed at Ettrick Lutheran Church. He graduated from Blair High School in 1943. Bennett worked on the family farm during and after his high school years, until be became employed with AJ Sweet Co. in La Crosse. On May 6, 1949 Bennett married his one and only love Helen Blankenhorn at the French Creek Lutheran Church. In 1950 he purchased the Sinclair Station and Garage in Ettrick which he operated for 42 years, retiring in 1992. Full time retirement was not for him as he needed to keep busy, so he helped his son at Rick’s Auto in Ettrick with mechanical work and odd and end jobs up until 6 months ago.
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Bennett was a charter and honorary member of the Ettrick Lions Club. He received the Melvin Jones Lions Award. He was a recipient of the Ettrick Citizen of the Year in 1991. A member of the Ettrick Village Board for 20 years and served as Treasurer for the Ettrick Cemetery Association for many years. Bennett was a life long member of Living Hope Lutheran Church in Ettrick.
Bennett was the most loving, dedicated and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was a man that would do anything for anybody.
Bennett is survived by his son Rick; his daughter Jolene Bentzen; grandchildren Heather Betsinger and Ashley Bentzen (Dannon Kolve); great grandchildren: Justyne, Karina, Gideon and Aleaya Betsinger and Jaiden and Kiley Kolve; special sister Carole Schulins, special sister-in-law Marilyn Sander and several nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife Helen, parents Alfred and Bessie Onsrud; brothers Arthur and Edward; sisters Myrt Onsrud and Norma Benrud; brothers-in-law: LaVerne Benrud, Phil Schulins, Howard (Doris) Blankenhorn and John Sander.
A memorial service will be held at 11:30am on Friday, May 31, 2019 at Living Hope Lutheran Church. The Rev Kary Jonas will officiate. Friends may call at the church on Friday from 9:30 am until the time of the service.
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