Henry W. Benton (1930 - 2018)

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Henry (Hank) W. Benton, age 88, passed peacefully on Saturday, April 7, 2018 in Chicago. He was born February 18, 1930 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and was the youngest son of Van Hook Craig "Van" Benton and Ethel (Elliott) Benton. He was a graduate of Shattuck-St. Mary's High School in Faribault, Minnesota and attended University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Hank was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army and served his country in the Korean War. After the Korean War he lived in Juneau, Alaska and worked for many years in the fishing industry. For over 35 years, Hank was active in the local chapter of the Knights of Columbus serving in various leadership capacities, earning the distinctions of Fourth Degree and Honorary Life Member. In retirement, Hank was an active volunteer with St. Vincent de Paul Society in Juneau. It was in Juneau that he helped to raise his family of four children. Hank enjoyed family gatherings, making his special food dishes (Jalapeño Poppers, pizza and "hot" pasta!), and westerns. He will be fondly remembered for his easy going, gentle and loving way with his family and other loved ones. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers (Elliott and Van). Hank is survived by his sister, Patricia Benton, his daughters Sarah (Allen) Arnett and Jennifer (Brandon) Bell, his identical twin sons Craig (Phebby) Benton and Matthew (Kimberly) Benton, six grandsons and three granddaughters.

A memorial service will be held at Brookdale Senior Living in Oak Park, Illinois. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations may be made in Hank's name to St. Vincent de Paul Society, 8617 Teal St., Juneau, AK 99801.
Published in The Juneau Empire from Apr. 20 to May 19, 2018
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