Theodore "Ted" Justus Benson, 74, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013 at the Eastern Montana Veterans Home in Glendive, Mont. A memorial service with Masonic rites will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 at The Soldiers Chapel in Big Sky, Mont. with Chaplain Cliff Gronneberg officiating. Interment with military honors will follow in the Soldier's Chapel Cemetery. A reception for family and friends will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 at the Bozeman Lodge, 1547 N. Hunters Way in Bozeman. Silvernale-Silha Funeral Home of Glendive has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Ted was born on Oct. 10, 1938 in Bozeman, the son of William and Lois (Webber) Benson. Ted grew up in Billings, Mont. through his junior year in high school. The family returned to Bozeman where he graduated from Gallatin County High School, in 1956.
Ted attended Montana State College in Bozeman and graduated with a bachelor's degree in 1961. Ted was a member of the Delta Sigma Phi and "Les Bouffons" fraternities. Ted met the love of his life, Jo Ann Crawley in 1957and they were united in marriage on Dec. 28, 1960. Ted was sworn in to the United States Army
National Guard by his father, who was the regimental commanding officer. He enrolled in the ROTC program, graduating as a 2nd Lieutenant. He was stationed at Fort Knox, Ky. and Fort Ord, Calif.
Returning to Bozeman, Ted worked for J & E Market and Heeb's Market. In 1969, he began his career at MSU as the assistant director of financial aid, and also assisting with all the events at the Fieldhouse and Stadium. He later retired in 1995. In 1998, Ted retired from the National Guard with over 41 years of service!
Ted was very active in his son's endeavors and he also loved being able to watch his grandsons in all of their sport activities.
Ted was a member of the Optimist Club for over 40 year and ran the Christmas tree lot. He was a member of the Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem, the Mizpah Shrine, Masonic Lodge #18, and the Chamber of Commerce/Military Affairs. Ted had a great sense of humor, he enjoyed playing cribbage, listening to Paul Harvey and socializing.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Betty Simpson.
Ted is survived by his wife of 52 years, Jo Ann of Bozeman; two sons, Theodore (Jackie) Benson, Jr. of Winder, Ga. and Michael (Kathy) Benson of Glendive; two grandsons, Bryan Benson, Bryce Benson and one step-granddaughter Stacey (Gavin) Lennan; two step great-grandchildren, Jameea and Brayden; one sister, Peggy Evans of Globe, Ariz.; two brothers, William (Sue) Benson Jr. of Bozeman and Scott Benson of West Yellowstone, and numerous nieces and nephews.