Clarence "Bud" Benning (1937 - 2016)

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  • "Diane, so sorry to see that Buddy passed. I often think of..."
    - Charles Moore
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  • "I am sorry for your loss. Phi.4:13"
  • "A Great Man and Friend!"
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Clarence (Bud) Benning passed away on May 1, 2016, after suffering from the debilitating effects of diabetes. Bud was born in Medford, WI on August 19th, 1937; the 3rd son of Hildegarde (Zielinksi) and Gideon Benning. His Father immigrated from Sweden and his Mother from Germany. Raising their children in western Wisconsin, the family established and worked a farm. Growing up on the farm, Bud grew up a hard worker and continued working hard all his life raising a family; even until the end you could see him mowing the city-owned green belt on his shiny new, red lawn mower. Bud married Diane (Lecaroz) on August 6, 1960 in Malden, Ma. They met in Boston while Bud was serving in the Navy of which he served for 3 years. After the Navy, Bud and Diane settled in Derry, New Hampshire and raised a family of 4; William (Bill) and Janet Kasler of Juneau, AK, Wendy Soper, of Brampton, MI and Andrew of Winona, MS. They moved to Porterfield, Wisconsin in 1975 and raised their children there until 1986 when they moved back to New Hampshire to spend time with Diane's Mother Marjorie Lecaroz. After working for over 13 years, Bud and Diane retired from the New Hampshire School District and headed north to Alaska! Bud loved fishing and hunting and followed his heart to the place where he could do all that in peace. Didn't matter, stream, river, lake or ocean, Bud loved to fish it, any season; Bud was one of the diehards seen ice fishing on Twin Lakes. Bud was preceded in death by his daughter Wendy, 2 brothers, Curt and Rudy and his parents. He is survived by his lifelong wife and friend Diane, his children Bill (Katie), Janet (Stan) and Andy (Suzie); 14 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, his 5 sisters, Grace Hoffman of Tigerton WI, Bernice Leighton of Villa Park, IL, Violet Ogurek of Grants Pass, OR, Ruth Shepherd of Peshtigo, WI, and Margie Peterson of Sheldon, WI; numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews and friends. Bud had a servant's heart and will be greatly missed by all. Fish on Papa! A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to the Alaska Kidney Patient Association where he was well cared for the last couple of years.
Published in The Juneau Empire from May 8 to June 7, 2016
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