Fred Anthony Jens Benson

Fred Anthony Jens Benson

(1926 ~ 2012)

Fred Anthony Jens Benson was born in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada, on June 10, 1926, to Chris and Mary Jane (Morris) Benson. He passed away peacefully on October 19, 2012. He and his family emigrated to the U.S. in 1937, and lived in the Highline area until they moved to Kent in 1944.

Through the Boy Scouts he became an avid outdoorsman, where he developed his life-long interests in hiking, camping, hunting, and fishing.

He served in the U.S. Army during WWII with the 45th Infantry Division, 180th Regiment, Company F. During the Battle of the Rhineland, on March 18, 1945, he was badly wounded and received the Purple Heart. He proudly earned his U.S. citizenship by serving his country.

After the war, Fred became a journeyman cabinet-maker. Highly skilled and widely respected, he worked on many of the large banks and attorneys' offices in Seattle and Anchorage.

In retirement, gardening and travel were his favorite pastimes.

He is survived by Eleanor, his wife of 64 years; daughter, Linda Baarslag-Benson (Ross); son Gordon Benson (Darlene); grandchildren, Melody Nordstrom (Jesse), Megan, and Mallory Benson, David Baarslag-Benson; and brother Jim (Norma).

There will be a memorial service on November 11 at 2:00 pm at:

Fernwood at the Park

17623 - 1st Ave. S.

Normandy Park, WA 98148

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Seattle VA, which took wonderful care of him in his last days. Donations can be made to:

VA Puget Sound Health Care System Memorials

c/o Voluntary Section, S-005ZOL

1660 S. Columbian Way

Seattle, WA 98108

Published in The Seattle Times from Nov. 4 to Nov. 7, 2012