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GORDON RICHARD ALLEN BENSON, 89 ROCKFORD - Gordon Richard Allen Benson, 89, of Rockford, IL died Saturday, May 24, 2014. He was born April 9, 1925, in Mokena, IL; the son of Anton and Josephine Benson. The year after he graduated from Orland Park High School, he volunteered to join the United States Army in June of 1942. He was stationed in the Pacific Theater, and was part of the landing force on several amphibious campaigns to recapture islands, including: Guadalcanal, New Caledonia, Bougainville, Lady, Sabu, New Guinea, Los Negros, landing in Japan in September of 1945. Gordon married Carroll Nelson on June 19th, 1949. He managed the Pecatonica Lumber Yard until 1963, and worked at J.L. Clark until he retired in 1990. He was an active Boy Scout Leader of Troop 36, receiving the "Order of Arrow" and the "Wood Badge". He was active in the Odd Fellows Lodge, Masons, Shriners, VFW, and American Legion. Gordon was a loving husband, father, uncle, and grandfather, and will always be loved and missed. He is survived by his loving wife, Carroll of 65 years; children, Jan (Michael) Samuelson of Greenville, S.C., and Jeff (Tabitha) Benson of Rockford. He enjoyed being a huge part of his grandchildren's lives. He adored all five of his girls, Kristin, Anna, Alexandra, Brontë, and Anastasia. Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 31, 2014, with a visitation from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. prior to the service in Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Ltd., Fred C. Olson Chapel, 1001 Second Ave., Rockford, with Rev. Troy Ann Poulopoulos officiating. Burial in Scandinavian Cemetery. Memorials made in Gordon's name can be sent to Boy Scouts of America, 1800 7th St., Rockford, IL 61104. To share a memory or online condolence, visit olsonfh.com.
Published in Rockford Register Star from May 29 to May 30, 2014
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