Richard Benson, 67, a resident of Bow died in an accident Friday, May 27, 2011.
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He was born to February 16, 1944 in Mount Vernon to Benjamin and Cora (Randles) Benson.
He graduated form Burlington Edison High School in 1962. While working at Shell he attended Skagit Valley College.
In 1964 he enlisted into the Washington National Guard and later received his commission into the Alaska National Guard.
While in Alaska he worked at Ketchikan Pulp until 1972 when he returned to Burlington.
He was united in marriage to Patricia Conn on December 26, 1972.
Richard purchased the family farm on Samish Bay in the mid 70's, and while farming he worked at Hanson & Peterson. For the last 19 years he worked for Buno Construction, who treated him like family.
Some of his hobbies included hunting, fishing, farming, reading and family gatherings.
Survivors include his wife Patricia; three sons; Franklin John and Wendy Heerspink, Gene Wesley Heerspink, and Steven William Benson and Alexandra Lanouette; eight grandchildren, Autumn, Kailey, Amber, Kenzie, Andrew, Tyler, Wyatt, and Savannah; one great grandchild, Kayden; one brother, William Benson; two sisters, Laura Matthews, Deanne Ramsey; one brother-in-law, Michael W. Conn; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Arnold Benson.
A gathering of friends and family will be held Saturday, June 4, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the family home.
Remembrances are suggested to the Edison Volunteer Fire Department.
Arrangements are under the direction of Hulbush Funeral Home, Burlington.
Hulbush Funeral Home
281 S Burlington Blvd. Burlington, WA 98233-1708
Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on June 1, 2011