James E. Benjamin, 79, of Glen Carbon, Illinois passed away at 5:52 a.m. on Sunday, November 17, 2013 at Relais Bonne Eau Hospice House in Edwardsville.
He was born December 19, 1933 in Dearborn, Michigan, the son of the late Noble and Josephine (Million) Benjamin.
He married Marilyn J. (Mathers) Benjamin on August 25, 1955 in Joliet, Illinois and she survives.
Jim graduated from the University of Illinois
in Urbana, with a PhD. in chemical engineering. He worked for P.R. Mallory in Indianapolis, Indiana, Ethyl Corp in Detroit, Michigan and then Lone Star Industry in Greenwich, Connecticut. In 1972, Jim began teaching at SIUE, in the School of Business and after a wonderful career in education he retired in 1992. Jim and Marilyn enjoyed travel, music, tennis, hiking and water sports. Jim also loved motorcycles and the many great trips he took on them with his friends.
In addition to his beloved wife of 58 years, he is the loving father of Jay and Amy Benjamin. He is also survived by his cherished granddaughters and their families, Tamika and Rusty Wilson and their son, Ethan and Amanda Moats, Chris Doll and their children, Isaiha, Emma and Elijah; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister.
In accordance to his wishes, condolences may be expressed on-line at www.irwinchapel.com
and a memorial service will be held at a later date.
Memorial donations may be made to the Relais Bonne Eau Hospice House in Edwardsville or to a
. Irwin Chapel of Glen Carbon in charge of arrangements.