Roy L. Benson, age 85 of Lima, Ohio and formerly of Robinson, Illinois, died at 5:55 a.m., Sunday, December 27, 2009 in St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima. He was born August 21, 1924 near Palestine, Illinois. He is the son of Henderson Lee and Ruth Swinger Benson. Both parents are deceased. On May 29, 1942 he married Laura L. Hunt who died December 14, 1977. He then married Ruby M. Love Coffee on March 7, 1979, who survives in Lima.
Mr. Benson was a retired terminal manager with Marathon Oil Company, where he had worked from 1952 – 1985. He was a member of the Cridersville United Methodist Church, Cridersville, Ohio. He was a World War II U. S. Army Corps Veteran, a life member of the B.P.O.E. #54 of Lima, and a member of the American Legion Post 96 of Lima.
Other survivors include 1 son – Gregory L. (Jeff Thomas)Benson of Cridersville; 3 daughters – Reida (Sonny) Foust of Lima; Carol Hanes of Broaddus, Texas; and Shirley (Riki) Parker of Broaddus, Texas; 19 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; and 1 great great grandson; 1 brother – Max (Marilyn) Benson of Princeton, West Virginia and 1 sister-in-law – Mary Benson of Palestine, Illinois.
He was preceded in death by 2 brothers – Ray (Ellen Louise) Benson and Glen Benson; 1 sister – Eva Mae (Harry Allen) Lawhead.
Funeral services will begin 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, December 29, 2009 at Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Cridersville. The Reverends Max Benson and Jerry Wiles will officiate. Graveside service will begin at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, December 30, 2009 in Oak Grove Cemetery, near Palestine, Illinois.
The family will receive friends from 2:00 – 4:00 and 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Monday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Cridersville United Methodist Church.
Date: Monday, December 28, 2009
Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm