N4XI Memorial

July 4, 1947 - July 22, 2012

John A. Bennett, 65, of Evansville, passed away at 1:15 am, Sunday, July 22, 2012 at VNA Charlier Hospice Center.

John was born July 4, 1947 in Washington, D.C. to Wilmer and Miriam (Souther) Bennett. He graduated from the University of Evansville with a Bachelorís Degree and received a Masterís Degree from Murray State University, both in Music Education. John was a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Professional Mens Music Fraternity and the American Guild of Organists.  John worked at ITT Technical Institute for 23 years as an instructor and as the Chair of the School of Information Technology.  He also worked 6 years at WEVV Channel 44 as Chief Engineer.  John was a Ham Radio Operator, Extra Class, with a special interest in digital communications.  He was a charter member of the Evansville Bicycle Club and an avid cyclist. John was a member of the French Lick Historic Railroad Society and an amateur photographer.  He was a member of Trinity Anglican Church, where he served as a Vestry member and on the Building Committee.

He is survived by: His Mother, Miriam R. Bennett of Evansville, IN Cousins, Lynn M. Souther Schlick of Birmingham, AL Ryan R. Souther of Fredrick, MD Roger C. Ward of Phoenix, AZ John Chambers of FL Geraldine Chambers Livingston of Adamstown, MD David White of Adelphi, MD Elizabeth E. Souther Middleton of Cypress, TX Susan White Goldsmith of New Market, MD Ellen Souther Lynch of San Antonio, TX Cindy Brown Hall of Stevensville, MD Timothy White of Glen Burnie, MD Charles Brown of Mt. Airy, MD  He was preceded in death by his father, Wilmer Bennett.

Funeral Services will be held at 10 am, Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at Trinity Anglican Church at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 3600 Oak Hill Road, Evansville with Reverend David S. Straw officiating.  Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in Newburgh, IN.

Friends may call from 3 pm until 8 pm, Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at Boone Funeral Home - East Chapel and from 9 am until 9:30 am, Wednesday, at Trinity Anglican Church.

Memorial Contributions may be made to: LIVESTRONG, 2201 E. Sixth Street, Austin, TX 78702 or VNA Charlier Hospice Center, 610 East Walnut Street, Evansville, IN 47708.  Condolences may be made to the family online at boonefuneralhome.net


This photo is from Hoss - WA5ZAI and Margareth's guest sign in board at the Lazy K Ranch.

It was taken while John was visiting with Hoss and Margareth in September of 2002


Here's what John has to say about his visit...


This shot of John was taken at the Fort Wayne Hamfest in November of 2002


The following was submitted by John - N5AAA


John Bennett, N4XI, RIP


John Bennett N4XI passed away on July 22, 2012 after a year-long bout with cancer.  He was 65.

John was a quiet guy from Evansville IN and participated in several IOOK gatherings over the years.  I met John back in the early days of packet radio. He ran one of the first HF bulletin boards in Evansville and was very instrumental in the creation of the VHF packet backbone network in Indiana.

John was truly "involved".  He would drive all the way from Evansville to Noblesville (near Indy) to attend meetings of the Indiana Digital Experimenters Association (IDEA).  He also put up several packet nodes with his own money.

A long-time member of TAPR, John created kits that interfaced with the TAPR T-238+ APRS Weather Station and his own Linux-based WXN weather server over APRS.  His kits included the X1W-1 1-wire weather sensor, the X1W-2 outdoor humidity and temperature sensors, and the X1W-2 EMP sensor.  John was a regular at TAPRís Dayton Hamvention booth and on the TAPR WXSIG patiently handling all questions concerning his kits and weather stations, in general.

John really was one of those people that would do anything he could to help a fellow Ham out with radio or software issues.

John was a good friend of mine and the IOOK.  We will miss him.

Respectfully submitted,

John Hartman, N5AAA