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4/2/1958 - 1/28/2009

Robert was born April 2, 1958, in Toledo, Ore., to Carl Bennett and Judy Bennett-Barton. Robert and Doro-thy Yellowtail, his Indian adopted family, raised him on the Crow Indian Reservation. He lived the cowboy life. One of his greatest joys was riding his favorite horse Capino over the land that he so loved. He was and always will be a true warrior.

He graduated from St. Labre Indian School and later attended Billings Vo-Tech, completing a welding de-gree. He married and had two sons, James and Athen Bennett.

He joined the Marine Reserves and considered that one of his greatest life experiences. He loved the Marine Corps and all that it stood for. HOORAH! (OohRah!)

On Aug. 4, 2001, he married Cheryl McPherson and helped her finish raising her two sons, Taylor and Logan Johnson. Robert worked at many jobs over his life, but the last two were his favorites: Gallatin Valley Furniture, and the Holiday gas station. Robert loved to rockhound fish, play folf, shoot pool, and to be with people he loved. He was happiest in his mountains or on top of a rock pile in Alder Gulch.

Robert loved and was loved by almost anyone he ever met. Those that knew him would say he was the greatest man in the world. They are right.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl Bennett and Judy Barton.

He is survived by his wife, Cheryl Bennett; his sons, James (Willow) Bennett, Athen Bennett, Taylor John-son and Logan Johnson; grandsons, Skylar and Elias Bennett; sisters Loni Yellowtail, Pamela O'Dell and Karlene Dillon; stepfather Ted Barton; and nieces Hally Rae Hug and Ashley Dillon.

Robert loved Jesus and held his hand through the end. Cancer took his body, but God took his soul.

He is a cherished husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle and friend. A gift from God to all who knew him.

My beautiful beloved husband, our love will last forever, and know that I will be with you again, when God comes for me. Thank you a million times for loving me and know that we are one…always. I remain your loving wife ~Cheryl Bennett~

Memorial services will be Feb. 4, at 2 p.m., in the Emerson Cultural Center Auditorium, with a potluck following in the Emerson Ballroom, 111 S. Grand Ave., Bozeman.

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