BENZING, E. Christopher 'Chris'
E. Christopher 'Chris' Benzing, 93, of Palm City, Florida, died July 27, 2014 at his home. Born in Detroit, Michigan, he had been a Florida seasonal resident since 1961 and has primarily resided in South Florida for more than 10 years. Chris came to South Florida from Hillsdale, Michigan, and previously also resided in Stuart, Palm Beach Gardens, Singer Island, Atlantis, Tequesta, and Lake Worth. Chris graduated as a journeyman tool and die maker from the Henry Ford Trade School in Detroit. He spent his early years at various tool and die shops working with his hands to carve out a living. In 1950, he moved his family to Hillsdale, Michigan and began selling pneumatic equipment for the Bellows Company. He was their top salesman for many years. Possessing a great desire to own his own business, in 1959 Chris started Triple A Tube which he managed and grew very successfully for the next 35 years. Chris flew his own twin engine airplane, fished the world in his sportsfisherman's, hunted big game in exotic places, and greatly enjoyed both tennis and golf. Chris was a Veteran of World War II
, serving in the United States Army
, and was a member of the Elks Lodge
, the Masonic Lodge, and a former member of the Palm Beach Yacht Club, in West Palm Beach. Survivors include three sons, John P. Benzing, and his wife, Lisa, of Tucson, Arizona, Bruce C. Benzing, of Aspen, Colorado, and Charles O. Benzing, and his wife, Jane, of Caledonia, Michigan; one daughter, Kelly J. Patterson, and her husband, Jim, of Tucson; six grandchildren, Elizabeth, Alex, John, Joe, Olivia, and Hunter; and five great-grandchildren, Cole, Riley, Reese, Carsyn, and Parker. He was preceded in death by his son, Adam J. Benzing and two brothers, Jack and Ralph Benzing. A visitation will be held Thursday, July 31, 2014 from 3:30-5.00 pm at the Treasure Coast Seawinds Funeral Home & Crematory, 950 SE Monterey Road, Stuart. A second visitation will be held, Friday, August 8, 2014 from 10-11 am at the VanHorn-Eagle Funeral Home, 40 S. Manning Street, Hillsdale, MI. Interment with Military Honors and presentation of the Flag will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Hillsdale. Contributions as a Memorial may be made to the Treasure Coast Hospice, 1201 SE Indian Street, Stuart, FL 34997. An Online Guestbook is available by visiting www.treasurecoastseawinds.com
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