William Jesse Benson, 94, Logansport, passed away at 7 a.m. Wednesday, March 8, 2017, in Lake Placid, Florida.
Born Nov. 13, 1922 in Logansport, he was the son of William Jacob and Faye Laysine Callaway Benson.
He was married to Shirley Jean Reed, who preceded him in death on June 2, 2013.
Jesse was employed as a fireman and later an engineer for the Pennsylvania Railroad/ConRail, where he retired. He was also a farmer in Noble Township.
He was a member of Tipton Lodge 33, Fort Wayne Scottish Rite, Murat Temple and Logansport Shrine Club. He also supported Shriners' Hospitals for Children.
A 1940 graduate of Royal Center High School, Jesse enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1943 and served during World War II. He was an engineer equipment operator, which was a fancy term for a "demolition man," as Jesse once remarked. He was also within 200 yards of Iwo Jima when the flag was raised. During his wartime service, he was engaged in the Japanese front, serving in several locations.
Surviving are sons, Curtis (Peggy) Benson, Lucerne, and Stanley Benson, Carthage, Texas; five grandchildren, Joshua Benson, Stephanie Frank, Tony (Angie) Corn, Jerica (Phil) Weaver and Linsey (Kyle) Reed; seven great-grandchildren, Joshua Benson Jr., Elaine Frank, Jenna Weaver, Blaine Weaver, Eli Reed, Loralei Reed and Rheatta Reed; and several nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were four brothers, Willard, Perry, Marion and Guy; sister, Iris Harry; stepbrother, John Ridenour; and stepsister, Carolyn Ridenour.
The funeral service will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 17, at Kroeger Funeral Home, with Kelly Spencer officiating. Burial, with full military honors, will be in Davis Cemetery in Burnettsville.
Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Thursday, March 16, also at the funeral home. A Masonic Service will be conducted there at 7:30 p.m., followed by a Shrine Club tribute.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners' Hospitals for Children. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Family and friends may leave a memory or message of condolence by visiting the online obituary at www.kroegerfuneralhome.com.
Published on March 14, 2017