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Wiliam A. "Bill" Benning(1937 - 2014)

William A. 'Bill' Benning of Malvern William A. "Bill" Benning, 76, died at his home in Malvern on March 1, 2014, with his wife and three sons at his side. Born in Williamsport, Pa. on Sept. 24, 1937, he was the son of Harold E. Benning and Mildred M. Belles, both deceased. He was a graduate of the class of 1955 at Williamsport High School, and on July 2, 1960, he married his high-school sweetheart, Jean E. Nardi. Bill graduated from Lehigh University in 1959 with a B.S. in mechanical engineering and had a 43-year career for the same employer before retiring in 1999. He began his career as a project engineer for Darling Valve and Manufacturing Co. in Williamsport. Darling was merged in 1970 into Anchor-Darling Valve Co., and he was transferred to the San Francisco area to serve as President and General Manager of Anchor Valve Co. in Hayward, Calif. He returned to suburban Philadelphia in 1974 as a Sr. Vice President of Anchor-Darling. He subsequently served the company as President and General Manager of its subsidiaries Anchor Actuator Co. in Kulpsville, Pa.; Dynadamp in Hatfield, Pa.; and Bouvier Hydropower in Oldbridge, N.J. He continued to work 1999-2002 as an independent management consultant to Bouvier Hydropower and Voest Alpine Tech Hydro. The companies with which he was associated were manufacturers of components for flow control and energy generation. Bill earned Eagle Scout rank in the Boy Scouts of America and in his teens held jobs on the summer staff at the Boy-Scout Camp Kline on Pine Creek in Lycoming County. He served 18 years on the Township Municipal Authority of East Whiteland Township, retiring from that position at the end of 1997. He was an active member of Ss. Philip & James Catholic Church in Exton, where for the past 15 years he has been the lead usher at noon Mass on Sundays. He was also a member of that parish's Finance Council, collection-counting teams, and Men's Saturday Prayer Breakfast group. After his retirement he was an active member of the Upper Main Line YMCA and its "Y's Guys" social group. In his spare time he did professional-quality home-improvement projects and enjoyed working in his yard. He is survived by his wife; three sons, Gregory W. Benning of Weston, Mass., Mark A. Benning of Paoli, and David J. Benning of Washington D.C.; and two grandchildren, Edward C. Benning and Claire L. Benning, both of Weston, Mass. His funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 8th, at Ss. Philip & James Church at the corner of Lancaster Pike and Ship Road in Exton, PA 19341. The family will receive friends after the service in the church vestibule. Interment will be on Monday, March 10th, at Wildwood Cemetery in Williamsport. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests gifts in memory of William Benning to the Benning Scholarship at Bucknell University. Please send your memorial contribution to Bucknell University, 301 Market Street, Suite 2 Attn: RGP, Lewisburg, PA 17837. Arrangements Logan Funeral Home, Exton.

Funeral Home

Logan Funeral Home, Inc.
698 East Lincoln Highway  Exton, PA 19341
(610) 363-8600
Published in The Daily Local on Mar. 5, 2014
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