Bernard Benson

Bernard R. Benson

Monday, March 17th, 1930 - Thursday, October 3rd, 2019
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Bernard Raymond Benson
March 17, 1930 – October 3, 2019
Bernard Raymond Benson, 89, the youngest of two sons, was born in Elgin, Iowa to Melvin and Carmen Benson on March 17, 1930. He passed on October 3, 2019 in Dallas, Oregon with his family by his side. At the age of five his family moved to Salem, Oregon where he attended Salem schools and served in the Coast Guard briefly.
He was introduced to the love of his life, Darlene Davis, by his mother where the two worked at Salem Hospital. Ben and Darlene married on February 11, 1954 in Salem, Oregon. He and Darlene were devoted to each other and were married 58 years. They loved going to the Oregon Coast and traveling. They attended Salt Creek Baptist Church. Ben read his Bible daily and prayed for over eighty individuals. He was a faithful and honorable man of God who was dearly loved and respected by his family.
Ben went into the work force at an early age and found employment in construction where he became a brick mason. In 1960 the family moved to Dallas, Oregon. Ben worked for Towmotor, later Caterpillar for 38 years. He was a machinist and eventually worked in precision tools. Upon retirement in 1989 he worked for Salem Equipment for two years.
Ben was a gifted mechanic who built and restored antique automobiles. He also crafted many handmade toys that he gave to his grandchildren. He designed wood puzzles and loved playing tricks on people with them. He collected rare and newly minted coins. He enjoyed watching the Indy 500 which was a natural for him as he was a car racing pit crew mechanic in his younger days. Ben was a good cook and an even better baker. He kept a detailed genealogy log of his relatives and ancestors. Lastly, he was a fan of Perry Mason which his children referred to as the Perry Mason nap.
Bernard had six children: Debra (Dan) Fast, Klamath Falls, Raymond Craig (Teresa) Benson, Salem, Michael Benson, Sandra (Ken) Mayer, Dallas, Vicky Benson and Tina Scheer, Vancouver, Washington. Bernard was preceded in death by his parents Melvin and Carmen Benson, wife Darlene, brother Leonard Benson, infant daughter Vicky, son Michael, son-in-law Jeff Scheer and granddaughter Jennifer. Ben leaves a legacy of 13 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. In lieu of flowers please donate to your church or a charity of your choice in honor of Bernard and Darlene Benson.
A memorial service will be held on November 16, 2019 at Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center at 2:00 PM. www.dallas
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  • Service

    Saturday, November 16th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, November 16th, 2019 2:00pm
    Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center
    287 SW Washington St.
    Dallas, OR 97338
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  • Interment

    Dallas Cemetery
    Address Not Available


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