Russ Walton Benson, 52, died on December 19, 2012 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Born in Wilmington, NC, Russ was a graduate of John T. Hoggard High School and Cape Fear Technical Institute. He worked as a telecommunications technician for Duke Energy in Greensboro NC and GST Telecom Hawaii in Honolulu, and as a telecommunications network engineer for Pacific Lightnet Inc. and Wavecom Solutions Corp. in Honolulu. Russ was an avid musician and web surfer; he also enjoyed yoga, contra dance, and working out. He was nurtured by the loving support of his family, friends, and coworkers during his illness.

Russ is survived by his wife Barbara DeBaryshe; parents J. Robert (Robbie) Benson and Nancy Benson; siblings James (Jim) Benson, William (Bill) Benson, Polly Thombley and Carol Wallin; and the many members of his extended family.

A private burial will be held at Oakdale Cemetery. Memorial services will follow at 11 am on January 22 at St. Andrews Covenant Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, NC. Memorial donations may be made to the Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific (226 North Kuakini Street Honolulu, HI 96817), the Nature Conservancy of Hawaii (923 Nuuanu Ave., Honolulu, HI 96817), or a .

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Published in the Wilmington Star-News from Jan. 13 to Jan. 14, 2013