'Bernie' Benson Jr.
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O. "Bernie" Benson Jr., 71, of Lincoln, went home to be with the
Lord on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009, at Memorial Medical Center in
Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Sunday at Holland Barry & Bennett
Funeral Home in Lincoln.
A celebration of
his life will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Faith Lutheran
Church, with Pastor Mark Peters officiating.
Mr. Benson was a project supervisor on heavy
construction projects in many different states
during his career, then later a construction
observer for Hanson Engineers of Springfield.
He was born on Oct. 27, 1937, at Prairie du Chien,
Wis., a son of Bernard O. Sr. and Emily Blanche
Straumann Benson. He married Patricia "Pat" Walter
on Jan. 1, 1965, in Owensboro, Ky.
He leaves behind a legacy of love and laughter to
his wife, of Lincoln; two daughters, Gretchen Benson
of Houston, Texas, and Heather (and husband
Jonathan) Blasey of Clifton; two grandsons, Nicholas
and Ryan Blasey of Clifton; one sister, Kersten (and
husband Bruce) Pett of Cambridge, Wis.; one brother,
Rodney (and wife Bonnie) Benson of Madison, Wis.;
several nieces; a nephew; and a multitude of
He was preceded in death by his parents and one
sister, Greta Fletcher.
He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in
Lincoln, where he enjoyed being active in special
church projects, being an usher and helping during
Bernie loved traveling to exotic places, scuba
diving and crewing for local hot air balloon pilots.
He and his wife made crafts and enjoyed helping at
Gail's Pumpkin Patch in Beason during the fall
He was a lifetime blood donor and donated more than
30 gallons to those in need.
He was a fun-loving, humorous, lively person,
full of creative ideas.
His family was the very center of all of his
attention and affection. He loved his wife and his
two daughters and had a special bond with his
grandsons and loved spending time with them.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be
made to Faith Lutheran Church.
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