Stephen R. Bennick, 61, of
Danville, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Monday, September 21,
2020. He was born June 7, 1959 at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, a
son of the late Stephen Bennick and Catherine (Murphy) Bennick.
Steve was a graduate of
Danville High School, Class of 1977. After graduation he enlisted in the US
Army where he served from 1977–1981. He was a member of the Old Guard,
serving in the Presidential Honor Guard under presidents: Jimmy Carter and
Ronald Reagan. He returned home where he joined the Danville Police Force
working alongside his father, Captain Steve Bennick, from 1981-1987. Steve
later joined the Sunbury Police Department where he worked for 18 years. He
was promoted during this time to Captain, the first in nearly 50 years. He
retired from the Sunbury Police Department in 2018 and went to work for the
Montour County Sheriff’s Dept. as a Deputy Sheriff.
Steve held various roles
over his lifetime, including: assisting the Northumberland Montour County
Drug Task Force, Task Force of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the
Safe Street Task Force. He was a proud member and former chief and VP of the
Continental Fire Company Station 30, the Financial Treasurer for the
Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 52, a member of both: PA Dept. Sheriff’s
Association and Pennsylvania Narcotics Officer’s Association, and served as
a firefighter for multiple local fire companies.
In his spare time he was an
avid hunter, loyal member of the Danville community, as well as a member and
past president of Lazy Six Inc. Steve will be dearly missed by many in our
community, especially by his family, friends, and fellow brothers in blue
and red. Heaven gained one of the best, but those he left behind will miss
his witty sense of humor and contagious smile.
Steve was a devoted and
loving husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend.
He is survived by his wife
of 33 years, Vicki (Gum); one daughter, Melissa Piestrak Joyce and
son-in-law, Mike Joyce of Throop; three sisters and two brother-in-laws;
Barbara and David Maneval of Bloomsburg, Kathleen Smith of California, and
Charlotte and Mark Wertman of Catawissa; and 6 nieces: Stacey, Lynn,
Stephanie, Kristin, Brittany, and Mackenzie.
A Celebration of his life
will be held at a later date for immediate family only.
Flowers will be provided by the family. Memorial
contributions in his name may be made to any charity of your
Arrangements are under the direction of Visneski Funeral Home Inc. 42 West
Mahoning Street Danville PA 17821.
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