Carl Walter Benson, 73, longtime Alaska resident, died Nov. 15, 2012, in Fairbanks. He was born Sept. 25, 1939, to Carl and Gilma (Byholt) Benson, in Rushford, Minn., where he grew up and attended school. Carl enlisted in the Air Force as a 17-year-old on Dec. 4, 1956. After basic training, he was assigned to Flight Control, Auto Pilot School at Chanute Air Force Base, Ill., after which he served a tour of duty in Okinawa.
In 1959, Carl married Margaret Pine. The couple had two children, Kim Bambie and Karl William. Carl worked in Avionics and Field Training while in the Air Force.
He was a Vietnam veteran. Carl received a long awaited assignment to Eielson AFB, and moved north with his family during summer 1973. He retired from the military on Dec. 31, 1978, holding the rank of master sergeant.
Carl began Benson Tax Service in 1975 as a family-run business.
At retirement from the military, he moved the business to the present location at "The Pink House" on Laurence Road, North Pole.
He genuinely loved being a "tax man" and took special care for all of his clients.
Carl enjoyed fishing and hunting. He could often be found on his boat at Homer during halibut season; at Sheep Creek, fishing for king salmon or at the hunting cabin off Chena Hot Springs Road, looking for moose. He loved all sports and was an avid Dodgers and Minnesota Vikings fan.
Carl held lifetime membership with the VFW
Post 100929, North Pole. He was also a member of the North Pole Rotary Club
, the Alaska Society of Independent Accountants (for 20 years) as well as the Interior Alaska Sourdough Association, serving as sergeant at arms.
Survivors include his former wife, Margaret Benson of Tensed, Idaho; daughter, Kim Benson of Faribault, Minn.; and son and daughter-in-law, Karl William and Florine Rose Benson of Fairbanks.
He also is survived by his long-time companion, Phyllis Church; brother and sister-in-law, Sherman and Joyce Benson of Kenyon, Minn.; sisters, Louise Schlobohm of Faribault, Genette Tufte of Rochester; and sister and brother-in-law, Hildegard and Jerry Krahn of Portland, Ore.; 7 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Carmen Benson; and sister Mavis Jech.
A memorial service with military honors will be held at noon, Dec. 8, 2012, at the Badger Road Baptist Church. Pastor Nils Degerlund will officiate.
There will be fellowship after the service, until 8 p.m. Carl Benson was a good friend and true patriot; he loved and fought for his country as only a true patriot would do.
Memorial donations in Carl's name can be made to Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 100929, P.O. Box 55275, North Pole, AK 99705, or to the Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
Arrangements were entrusted to Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home.