Benjamin Franklin Canterbury, 75 of Nampa, passed away Friday, May 6, 2011, with his family at his side, following a brief courageous battle with cancer. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 11, at Dakan Funeral Chapel, Caldwell, with a reception to follow. Benny's family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Dakan Chapel. Condolences and memories may be shared through their online tribute page at www.dakanfuneralchapel.com.
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Benny was born Nov. 17, 1935, at Kimberly, W. Va., to Pat and Thelma (Carter) Canterbury. He was raised and educated in the coal mining hollers of West Virginia. At the age of 16, he moved with his mother and younger siblings to Nampa. Benny joined the Army in 1954 and served as a Paratrooper in the 101st Division in Germany. He was honorably discharged in 1957.
Benny went to work for Fleetwood Trailers and owned/operated the Globe Tavern. In 1960, he met Evelyn Van Matre and they were married in February of 1962. Two children were born to this union, Mike and Lisa.
They lived in Iowa for four years where Benny began his lifelong career of truck driving.
They returned to Idaho where he drove for Ida-Cal, Idaho Meat Packers and other trucking companies.
In 1980, when their children flew the nest, he taught Evelyn how to drive the semi and they began a 25-year long 'working honeymoon'. Their job took them to California for 13 years where they were hosts for many vacationers and Benny could golf year round on their days off. They retired and returned home to Nampa in 2004.
Benny is survived by his wife of 49 years, Evelyn; his children, Mike (Pam) Canterbury, Lisa (Al) Kerrick and Becky (Arnold) Kekauoha; 11 grandchildren, Josh, Jessica and Ben, Adam, Kara, Ali and Charlie, and Christi, Sara, Lindsey and Kyle and 11 great-grandchildren.
He is also survived by five sisters, Marcella Rider, Corrine Fitzgerald, Jean Little, Janet (Max) Badesheim and Emma Liff; and numerous nieces and nephews that adored him.
Benny really was 'one-of-a-kind'. He was loved by a host of family and friends who treasured his humor and generosity.
Dakan Funeral Chapel
504 South Kimball Avenue Caldwell, ID 83605
Published in Idaho Press Tribune on May 10, 2011