Bennet K. Nickel, 86, passed away Novemeber 16, 2013 at his home at Kidron Bethel Village in North Newton, KS. Bennet was born September 12, 1927 in Goessel, KS the son of W.B. and Susie Schmidt Nickel.
From his earliest days, Bennet was a sensitive, caring and generous son, brother and cousin. As a husband and father, grandfather and uncle, he was known not only for his deep love, but also for his joy for life and his never faltering optimism. Bennet loved to vacation with his family and travel the US with his wife, Eleanor.
Bennet served in the Army for two years setting up communication lines in Germany. He enjoyed his work at Southwestern Bell for 42 years and was a member of the Kansas Telephone Pioneers. He was a founding member of Faith Mennonite and Shalom Mennonite Churches, serving as a Deacon and member of the Pastoral Care Team at Faith Mennonite Church.
Throughout his life, Bennet was dedicated to volunteer work. His generosity and love for others was shown through his service to Habitat for Humanity and meal preparation for the homeless with Episcopal Social Services. He was a four-time volunteer at 10,000 Villages in Akron, PA, and also worked with Mennonite Disaster Service and Mennonite Housing.
On August 25, 1956 Bennet married Eleanor Ruth Schmidt in Newton, Kansas. She survives of the home. Other survivors include his children and their spouses Jean and Jim Weber of Newton, KS; Jim and Becky Nickel of Peabody, KS; Sandra and Andreas Schlaepfer of Chexbres, Switzerland. His Grandchildren Jeff and Sara Weber; Julia Weber and fiancé Gavan Petersen; Martin Hofkamp; Sarah Hofkamp; Olivia Schlaepfer; Great Grandchildren Kinzie Weber; Kaden Weber-Gonzalez; Kaylynn Weber; Ben Weber; A brother Abe and sister-in-law Lydia Nickel of Hutchinson, KS. He was preceded in death by his parents W.B. and Susie Nickel; sister Rebecca Nickel Rigby; sister and brother-in-law Rachel and John Enns; and a brother Willie Nickel.
A funeral memorial service will be held Friday, November 22, 2013, at 4:00PM at Shalom Mennonite Church in Newton, KS. There will be a private family burial.
Memorial donations may be made to Parkinson’s Disease Research Fund, KU Medical Center, or Kinder Peace Gardens, Kidron Bethel Village.