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William H.G. Benning

William H. G. Benning, 52, of Beaumont, passed away Thursday, February 14, 2013. Bill was born on October 18, 1960, to Alice Elaine and George Henry Benning, in Dayton, Ohio. Shortly after his birth they moved to Houston, Texas, and he was the middle of three children. Bill graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in Houston in 1979. After high school, he attended Texas Christian University, graduating in 1983 with a BBA in Finance. During the spring semester of Bill's junior year at TCU, he visited his maternal grandmother in Beaumont and she set him up on a blind date where he met his future wife, Mary Jane Steinhagen. Bill worked for many years in wealth management and as a trust officer. In 2010, he founded Genesis Wealth Management where he served as managing principal for three years. Bill is survived by his wife of twenty-nine years, Mary Jane Benning; children, Caitlin and Thomas Laughlin, Mark Benning and his fiancée, Lindsay, Will Benning and Mary Claire Benning; parents, Janie and Mark Steinhagen of Beaumont and Barbara Benning of Houston; brothers, Roy Steinhagen and his wife, Kim, and their daughters, Anna and Emily of Beaumont and George Henry Bud Benning and his wife, Mary, and their daughters, Mary Francis and Lucy of El Paso; and sister, Belinda Elaine Benning and her husband, Jeff Burbach, and family. He will be greatly missed by his family, many close friends, and other members of the community. A gathering of Bill's family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 19, 2013, at Broussard's, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont. His funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 20, 2013, at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 4090 Delaware Street, Beaumont, with a gathering of friends to follow in Broce Hall at the church. A private committal will be at Broussard's Crematorium, Beaumont. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Bill's memory to Humane Society of Southeast Texas, P.O. Box 1629, Beaumont, Texas 77704 or St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Memorial Fund, 4090 Delaware Street, Beaumont, Texas 77706. Complete and updated information may be found www.broussards1889.com


Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Feb. 19, 2013
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