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Ray Allen Benzel


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Ray Allen Benzel Obituary

Ray Allen Benzel, formally of Yoncalla, OR, passed away peacefully February 20th, 2018, at the age of 86.

Ray was born November 19, 1931, in Live Oak, CA, and worked with his family on their farm until the age of 17, when he drove his Harley to Oak Ridge, OR, where he started his family.

Ray and his wife, Joan, started Benzel Equipment Rental; doing rock crushing, repairing heavy equipment and cement work. In 1974, they moved to Wamic, OR, where they grew alfalfa, cattle and garlic. Ray also worked as part of the fire prevention team and supported their community.

Ray is preceded in death by parents, Fred and Bertha Benzel; his loving wife of 52 years, Paula Joan Benzel; his brother, Fred Benzel and his sister, Jean Benzel Cassinger; and his son, Ray (Curley) Benzel Jr. He is survived by his sister, Lois Benzel Kratz; his remaining 4 children; 12 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren.
Published in Appeal Democrat on Mar. 13, 2018
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