Lake Maxinkuckee Its Intrigue History & Genealogy Culver, Marshall, Indiana

Walter F Bennett  



Walter F. Bennett & Company - In 1950, Walter F. Bennett and Company, a Chicago advertising firm, became the public relations firm of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Walter Bennett and his partner, Fred Dienert, already were handling many religious radio programs, including the Lutheran Hour. From that time forward, they also handled the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association's Hour of Decision radio and television programs, the advertising for most of the crusades, and the daily newspaper column My Answer. - Billy Graham Center Archives [a Wheaton College Wheaton, Illinois] BGEA: Walter F. Bennett & Company - Collection 54 ...These materials were received from the Walter F. Bennett and Co. in August and November 1978 and July 1981.

Dr. Theodore Elsner recommended his son-in-law, Alfred Dienert who had recently given up his radio sales job at station WIBG to join Bennett, the operator of a small advertising agency in Chicago, to form the Walter F. Bennett Co

    Alfred Dienert, 79, of Rydal, partner in a Christian advertising agency whose expertise helped turn radio into a national pulpit for the Rev. Billy Graham, died Wednesday [April 28 1993] at Abington Memorial Hospital.

    "Fred Dienert was among my five best friends throughout my life," Mr. Graham said in a statement. "I have a great love for him and a great indebtedness to him and his partner, Walter Bennett."

    Indeed, Mr. Dienert, with his advertising partner, Walter F. Bennett, played a major role in Mr. Graham's career.

    Mr. Dienert was active in the company until his death. After stepping down as president in 1988, he continued to serve as board chairman.


The association between the advertising agency and Mr. Graham also had a profound effect on the agency, which had started out handling secular advertising accounts of Pioneer Salt & Chemical, Herrs Potato Chips, Longacre Poultry and others

Gradually, the agency ended up almost exclusively representing Christian ministries. Among them were the Rev. Robert Shuler's Hour of Power, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, New Heritage, USA; the Christian Booksellers Association, and Samaritan's Purse. It also handled a number of radio and television broadcasts besides Hour of Power, such as The Morning Sunshine Hour, Changed Lives, The Wesleyan Hour and The Hour of Decision.



Walter F. Bennett, head of an advertising agency instrumental...
Dec. 5, 1980
    CHICAGO -- Walter F. Bennett, head of an advertising agency instrumental in helping evangelist Billy Graham put his religious crusades on radio and television, died Friday. He was 65.

    Bennett died of a massive heart attack at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke Medical Center where he had been undergoing dialysis.

    A resident of both Chicago and Culver, Ind., Bennett was a partner with Fred Dienert at the Chicago agency of Walter F. Bennett and Co.

    Bennett began his association with Graham in 1949. He helped Graham establish the radio program,'The Hour of Decision,' which is now carried worldwide on about 800 stations.

    Bennett's firm later put Graham on television, producing both reruns of his evangelist crusades and special programs. The first television production for Graham was a run of 17 weeks while he was preaching in New York's Madison Square Garden in 1949.

    Bennett started in the broadcasting field in Denver, where he was a musician and entertainer on KOA Radio. He later enlarged his program to several stations in Chicago.

    He is survived by his wife, Charlotte, two sons William, 28, and Paul, 25, and one grandson. Funeral arrangements were pending.


Walter F Bennett Birth 13 Jan 1915 Death 5 Dec 1980 Chicago, Cook, Illinois

married Charlotte Ivey Carlson Birth 31 Jan 1915 Chicago, Cook, Illinois Death 11 Apr 2000 Lancaster, Los Angeles, California daughter of George Carlson and Agnes M Johnson

Children: William "Bill" Bennett
    has written two completed manuscripts in a fictional trilogy about a boy growing up on beautiful Lake Maxinkuckee in Culver, Indiana.

Paul George Bennett married 2nd Cindy Lou Lewis daughter of Raymond D. Lewis and Doris K. Watson
    Paul G. "Captain" Bennett, 55 of Rochester, passed away Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at his residence.

    Born on February 1, 1955 in Abbington, PA., he was the son of the late Walter F. and Charlotte I. (Carlson) Bennett.

    On November 2, 2002 he married Cindy Lewis, she survives.

    Paul was a former chef and musician. He enjoyed playing and listening to music and photography.

    He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Culver and Moose Lodge # 721 in Plymouth. Paul was a loving husband, father, brother and friend to many.

    He is survived by his wife, Cindy Lewis-Bennett of Rochester, sons, Robert Bennett of California, Donavon and Aaron Klein of Illinois, brother, William "Bill" Bennett and his wife, Cathy of Lancaster, CA., sister, Elaine Shea of North Carolina and granddaughter, Isabelle Klein. Paul will also be greatly missed by his puppy, Jackie.

    A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 14, 2010 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 430 Academy Rd., Culver, IN.

    Friends may call for one hour prior to the time of service at the church.

    Memorial contributions may be made to the family in care of the Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made to the Bennett family at www. harrisonmetzger. com

    Arrangements have been entrusted to Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home, Kewanna Chapel


Bill Bennet wrote on his Facebook page: Every man's favorite car is his first dream car! Mine was the 1966 Bonneville Convertible. This photo was taken in front of 810 West Shore Drive in Culver, Indiana, where you can see the north wing of the house in the background. - More important it shows little change has been made to the house over the years.







Today is