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Funeral services will take place on Friday, October 11, 2019 at 2:00 PM (Mountain).

Philip High School Fine Arts Gym
Philip, South Dakota

Masonic Cemetery
Philip, South Dakota
5-7 p.m. Thursday, October 10
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Philip, South Dakota



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In memory of

Brigham Bennett

of Philip, South Dakota, died on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at Ava's Hospice House in Sioux Falls at the age of 38

Brigham Daniel Bennett, best known as “Brig” or “Briggy” to his family and friends, was born in Rapid City, South Dakota to Glen and Rosemarie (Clements) Bennett. He attended Philip Schools his entire school life.

Amidst moving around the area from time to time, some of the most noted stories that have been shared are about Brigham riding bikes, always having animals near him, and often having a gun of some sort under his arm. He has always been a man of protection to anyone who needed it, and was often known as someone to turn to, if even only for a listening ear. Throughout Brig’s school years he wrestled, played football, as well as rode saddle bronc and team roped. He graduated from Philip High School in 1999.

Brigham went on to Vo-Tech school in Mitchell to earn a degree in Building Trades. He was known as a perfectionist in more than one area of life; but carpentry was one that he didn’t do anything half way. He wouldn’t quit a project until it was exactly how he wanted it to be. Throughout his life, Brigham worked a variety of different jobs around the Philip community, some that he talked about more than others were working for Glenn David Hostutler, at Cenex for Don Haynes, for Jerry Thompson, carpentry work with various buddies, and his most favorite of all was farming and ranching with his family.

Brig loved socializing, some of the times that he reminisced most about were at the local watering holes. He loved playing the video lottery machines and was often known to have the magic hand. He could visit with anyone, and always made time for his family. Camping at the river and branding season were his favorite times of year. He was always the one in the river keeping the kids afloat, he would do anything or play any game that kids asked him to, he was “uncle Briggy” to many kids, and would step up to help or take care of any kids that needed him. He always had a way with making kids giggle. Although his brandings could have been done in an hour or two, Brig always made sure that the kids were able to participate, he didn’t care if it took all day to brand. He will always be remembered as the caring, selfless, loving, happy-go lucky man.

At the end of 2017 he met the light of his life; Tessa and was blessed to have a plus one, Danni Jo. His girls were his pride and joy. Out of all of the pleasures in life, his girls were the perfect addition to the family. Although never legally married, in their hearts they were soul mates and lived every day like they were married. In the final days of his life, all of the family and friends, called them husband and wife - as promised, he will wear his ring for eternity. Brig will be dearly missed, every day by anyone that knew him. He was a man like no other, one of a kind.

Survivors include his wife Tessa and step-daughter Danni; his parents Glen and Rose Bennett of Philip; one sister Cassie (Justin) Wendt of Belle Fourche; three nephews Radley, Trey, and Gentrey; his maternal grandmother Theresa Clements of Philip; Tessa's parents Thad and Penny Stout of Kadoka; and a host of other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Virginia and Orville Bennett and his maternal grandfather Raymond Clements.

Visitation will be held 5-7 p.m. Thursday, October 10, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Philip, with a vigil service at 7:00 p.m.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Friday, October 11, at the Philip High School Fine Arts Gym.

Interment will be at the Masonic Cemetery in Philip.

In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established.

VISITATION
Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 5-7 p.m.
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Philip, South Dakota

VIGIL SERVICE
Thursday, October 10 - 7 p.m.
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Philip, South Dakota

FUNERAL SERVICE
Friday, October 11, 2019 - 2:00 p.m.
Philip High School Fine Arts Gym
Philip, South Dakota

OFFICIATING
Father Gary Oreshoski
assisted by Deacon Lloyd Frein

MUSIC
Marianne Frein - Pianist
Megan Hoffman - Vocalist

READER
Deb Reed

USHERS
Brian Weber - Clint Allison
Ben Stout - Kyle Schulz - Luke Clements

PALLBEARERS
Justin Wendt - Andy Schulz
Tom Clements - Heath Morrison - Jake Schofield
Jason Jeffries - John Puckett - Joshua Williams

HONORARY PALLBEARERS
PHS Class of 1999
Mitchell Technical Institute Class of 2002

FINAL RESTING PLACE
Masonic Cemetery
Philip, South Dakota

  • Prayers and hugs for all of Brigham's family. We know there are no words to lessen your grief, but wanted you to know he will be remembered and cherished in our thoughts. ~ Justin and Joyce Wheeler Philip, SD (10/10/2019)
  • ND ~ Kevin schulz FARGO (10/10/2019)
  • Thinking and holding all of you in prayer. ~ Vicki Neiderworder Philip SD (10/9/2019)
  • Love and prayers God be with you during this very difficult time. Cherish all the memories ~ Joan Kirchhevel Rapid City,SD (10/9/2019)
  • We weep for you... and with you. So very sorry. ~ Mike and Shar Moses Philip, S.D. (10/9/2019)
  • Glen, Rose and family - my heart breaks for all of you. Praying for strength and comfort in the days ahead. ~ Lynn Seifert Rapid City, SD (10/9/2019)
  • SD ~ Leigh Krogman White River (10/9/2019)
  • South Dakota ~ Lurene M Denke Pierre (10/8/2019)
  • Many thoughts and prayers all the family and friends. We followed alongside Brigs journey through our friend Heather. He was always on our prayer lists. May you find peace in knowing so many people loved him and cherish the memories. ~ Jen Swenson-Ackerman Edmond, Ok (10/8/2019)
  • Cassie & Rose, we are so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers to you & your family. ~ Ray & Bonnie Maize Pierre SD (10/8/2019)
  • I'm so sorry for your loss, Tessa and family you will be in our prayers. ~ Otis Perkins Amherst (10/8/2019)
  • South Dakota ~ Stew and Peggy Cassidy Burke (10/8/2019)
  • My heart goes out to you all. I too have some HS memories hanging out with Brigham at the Pickett house. May God wrap his arms around you all at this difficult time. Continued prayers will be said in the days ahead. ~ Crystal (Swift) Bruinsma Corsica SD (10/8/2019)
  • Remember the good times and always keep them in your heart. ~ Jim and Vonnie O’Dea Howes, SD. (10/8/2019)
  • My heart is broken for your families. May you find strength in our Lord Jesus. ~ Kiya Kelly Mammoth, WY (10/7/2019)
  • SD ~ Paul & Moneik Stephens BLACK HAWK (10/7/2019)
  • So sorry for your loss. ~ Ellie (Brown) Bettelyoun MARTIN (10/7/2019)
  • Bennett Family
    I am so very sorry for your loss, Brigham was a great guy with a big heart that will be missed dearly. Hold tight to all the great memories you shared. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.
    ~ Carrie (Hurley) Aarestad Cheyenne, Wy (10/7/2019)
  • SD ~ Jay & Vickie Ahart Alcester (10/7/2019)
  • The loss of a husband, father, son is heartbreaking. We pray the Lord gives you peace, your memories give you smiles, and family love gives you hope. ~ Cathrine and Jeff Fierberg Custer SD (10/6/2019)
  • Our hearts are heavy with your pain and we pray for the Lord's strength and peace for you. ~ Cynthia & Marvis Letellier Kadoka, SD (10/6/2019)
  • We are thinking of all you folks during this difficult time. Such a sad time for everyone, hold on to all the memories. ~ Les & Joann Pearson Philip, SD (10/6/2019)
  • Tessa and Danni, Deepest sympathy to you and the Bennett family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. ~ Owen, Bonnie, Kassidy and Kwincy Ferguson LongValley, SD (10/6/2019)
  • Our anything goes out to you and your family ~ James and Dawn knight Philip so dak (10/6/2019)
  • Glen, Rose & Cassie, We can't imagine Your Pain & Grief. You are in our Thoughts & Prayers and Lean on Gods Shoulders; He will help You All to get thru this very tough Time. Remember the GOOD Times with Him. Sincerely, Kathy & Jerry Noteboom ~ Jerry & Kathy S. Noteboom Yuma, Az (10/6/2019)
  • My heart goes out to you all. May the memories of Brighams kindness and strength help guide you through this. We pray for the warmth and support of extra angels to comfort and hold you. ~ Eva Omdahl Rapid City (10/6/2019)
  • Our most sincere condolences to the family ~ Jim & Jennie Good Martin (10/6/2019)
  • Sorry for your loss thoughts and prayers for you. ~ Bill Eckert Okaton SD (10/6/2019)
  • My thoughts and prayers are with you all. ~ Bonnie Fitzgerald Memphis (10/5/2019)
  • To the family of Brigham Bennett
    It is with sadness that I send my deepest sympathy to a family who will need a lot of support as they work through this difficult time. I remember Brigham as a 4H member who represented his community well as a young man and will be missed by everyone. My thoughts & prayers are with you!!
    ~ Vera Boje Rapid City SD (10/5/2019)
  • My deepest sympathies go out to all of you. Praying for your many memories to bring you comfort. ~ Karen Hanson Rapid City (10/5/2019)
  • I'm so sorry for your loss! Thoughts and Prayers to you all during this hard time ~ Leslie O'Connell Rapid City South Dakota (10/4/2019)
  • Our hearts are grieving with Brigham's family and loved ones. I just recall that jolly little boy and pray that you can find comfort that he is healed and whole with Jesus. With you in thoughts and prayer. ~ Kenny & Lyndy Ireland Philip (10/4/2019)
  • So sorry to hear about your loss. Heaven has gained a special angel. He'll be greatly missed. ~ M & M Larry Schulz & Lydia Philip, South Dakota (10/4/2019)
  • So sorry for your loss. Our prayers and thoughts to the Family. ~ Ralph & Cathy Fiedler Sturgis, S.D. (10/4/2019)
  • I am so sorry for your loss!! My prayers are with you all! ~ Terri Pelle Philip (10/4/2019)
  • Glen, Rose, Cassie and Family,
    My Deepest Sympathy to all of you. Brigham was an amazing person with an awesome smile. Sending prayers and hugs for all of you. May the Lord be with you and guide you in the coming days.
    Love All of You
    ~ Fawna (Geigle) Goff Sturgis, SD (10/4/2019)