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My father, Walton Kirk Jr, played for the Z's from 1946-48 “My father told me often about his playing days (5 different teams) as a Pro and he would often always come back to the Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons. ...Read More »
1 of 27 | Posted by: Doug Kirk - DANA POINT, CA

“Carl was a mentor, and role model as a gentleman, to me as youngster and young business person. I will always value his friendship and that of his...Read More »
2 of 27 | Posted by: A friend

“So sorry to hear of Carl's passing. ”
3 of 27 | Posted by: Connie Fishbaugh/Kleckner - IN

“On behalf of the Volunteer Department at Heartland Hospice, our thoughts and prayers and with your entire family. ”
4 of 27 | Posted by: Deb Guy, Volunteer Coordinator -- Heartland Hospice - IN

“Carol, Our family loved Carl so. He was such a sweet kind man. I'm so glad that he and my dad were such great friends. Carl always extended his...Read More »
5 of 27 | Posted by: Debbie Loomis Graham - Riverton, UT

“And with your final heartbeat Kiss the world goodbye Then go in peace, and laugh on Glory's side, and Fly to Jesus Fly to Jesus Fly to Jesus and live...Read More »
6 of 27 | Posted by: Dave Schuster - Franklin, TN

“Kirk & family,We send our thoughts and prayers your way remembering the times you spoke of your father at Men's Bible Study. We pray God's grace,...Read More »
7 of 27 | Posted by: Earl & Cheryl Cecil - IN

“Carl was the best person I have every worked for and good man. Tammy Brown ”
8 of 27 | Posted by: Tammy Brown - Huntington, IN

“Remembering Carl and his golf club cane, both so unique. Keeping you, Carol and Catherine, in my prayers.Linda Iden BarhydtLinda Iden Barhydt ”
9 of 27 | Posted by: Linda Iden Barhydt - IN

“SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. MAY YOU DRAW CLOSE TO GOD BY READING HIS WORD FOR COMFORT. ”
10 of 27 | Posted by: A friend

“So sorry to hear of Carl's passing. His contribution to Fort Wayne's sports history via the Zollner Pistons Basketball and Fastpitch Softball Teams...Read More »
11 of 27 | Posted by: Don F. Graham - Roanoke, IN

“Carol - we were saddened to hear about the passing of Carl. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Sincerely, Cheryl (Burman) and Bill Bast ”
12 of 27 | Posted by: Cheryl (Burman) Bast - S. Elgin, IL

“Gary, Kirk and The Bennett Family I have many, many fond memories of growing up with the Bennett family in Kirkwood Park and competing with the boys...Read More »
13 of 27 | Posted by: David Friedrich - Fort Wayne, IN

“And with your final heartbeatKiss the world goodbyeThen go in peace, and laugh on Glory's side, andFly to JesusFly to JesusFly to Jesus and live!'til...Read More »
14 of 27 | Posted by: A friend

“Carol, I am sorry to hear of Carl's passing. My parents, John and Edith Matthews, always spoke highly of you both. I know my mom your friendship. ...Read More »
15 of 27 | Posted by: Kathy Matthews Brothers - IN

“Sorry for your loss ”
16 of 27 | Posted by: Louie Curdes - Roanoke, IN

“I met Carl Bennett 50 years ago when I was a 16-year-old working the snack bar on the Fort Wayne Country Club golf course. I had no idea who he was...Read More »
17 of 27 | Posted by: Danny Walchle - Fort Wayne, IN

“Michelle, this brings back memories of you and Greg at my side comforting me when I lost my grandma! I am very sorry for your loss. As we were...Read More »
18 of 27 | Posted by: Michelle Schoenefeld - Fort Wayne, IN

“To Carol & Cathy: Sad to hear of Carl's passing. May you find comfort knowing you will be with him again and until then he is resting with our dear...Read More »
19 of 27 | Posted by: Terry Loomis - Oldsmar, FL

“Friends to comfort you, memories to strengthen you, love to bring you peace. Wishing you all these things in your time of sorrow. Sincerely, ”
20 of 27 | Posted by: Lorna Jenkins - Fort Wayne, IN

“I'm sorry to read about your loss. May God comfort you during this time. (1 Peter 5:6,7) ”
21 of 27 | Posted by: A friend

“Sandy,My thoughts and prayers are with you after another loss for you. I have heard his name for years but had no idea he was your Dad......seemed...Read More »
22 of 27 | Posted by: Liz McGinnis-Haley - The Villages, FL

“Kirk and Gary I worked for you and your father at Classic along with my mother Jo Herbst. My mother and I remembered the time he handed me a $100.00...Read More »
23 of 27 | Posted by: Tanya Sparks(Herbst) - Fort Wayne, IN

“Carol & family Sorry to read about Carl's passing. Please know our prayers & thoughts are with you.Love, the Jewetts ”
24 of 27 | Posted by: A friend

“A most wonderful man!He will be greatly missed.May God be with the Bennett family at this difficult time.Praying for peace and comfort for all who...Read More »
25 of 27 | Posted by: Cookie Davis - Leo, IN

“our sincere condolences and heartfelt sympathy to carol popp bennett and her family. i had the pleasure of getting to know carol thru my mother...Read More »
26 of 27 | Posted by: steve kramer - kendallville, IN

“To the family of Carl Bennett, you all have my deepest sympathy. May all of the memories of Carl continue to fill the void that will be felt in your...Read More »
27 of 27 | Posted by: A friend


Carl Bennett passed away peacefully on May 15, 2013 with his loving family by his side. Carl was 97 1/2 years old, born in Rockford, IN on December 7, 1915. He graduated from Northside High School in 1934. In 1939 he and Margaret Jane Schuster were married. Later he married Carol Popp in 1989. He was employed by International Harvester, Seyferts Foods and the Zollner Piston Company. His career with Zollner included player, coach, manager, and the athletic director of the basketball and softball teams. He was elected the President of both the National Basketball and National Fastball Leagues. During his tenure with the Zollner teams they won 16 championships. In 1948-49 during the Zollner Piston Basketball season the National Basketball League and the National Basketball Association of America met in Fort Wayne, to form the National Basketball Association (NBA). He retired from the Zollner Company in 1955 and owned and operated in partnership the Kinney-Bennett Vending Company. Thereafter he owned the Classic Company. He served on numerous boards and committees in the community, including the NBA, The NBA Hall of Fame, Lakeside Golf Course, Bermuda Dunes Golf Club, Ft. Wayne County Club, Anthony Wayne Bank, Summit Bank, Mad Anthony Golf Championship and the Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of Holy Cross Church. His faithful family gave him great joy. He is survived by his wife Carol Popp Bennett, sons, Kirk and Gary Bennett, daughter Sandra Dodane, step-daughter, Catherine Popp Hoffman and his sister Bertha Bennett Christie, 11 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren, 5 great, great grandchildren. Pre-deceasing him was his grandson Jamie Dodane, great grandson Alex Dodane and his brothers, Dale, Francis, Max and Lawrence. Memorials to honor Carl's memory are the Mad Anthony Hope House and Worship for Shut Ins. Funeral is 2pm, Sunday, May 19, 2013 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 3425 Crescent Avenue, with visitation one hour prior. Rev. Thomas Ahlersmeyer officiating. Visitation also 1pm to 6pm Saturday, May 18, 2013 at D.O. McComb and Sons Covington Knolls Funeral Home, 8325 Covington Road, Fort Wayne Indiana. To sign the online guest book go to www.mccombandsons.com.