Louie Aaron Benner

Louie Aaron Benner, 89, passed away on June 14, 2013. Born at home in North Eastham on August 29, 1923, he was raised on his familys asparagus farm. He attended the historic Eastham Schoolhouse and Orleans High School. He served in the Army Air Corps during WWII, first as a gunnery instructor at many bases throughout the country, and then as a tail gunner on a B-29 in Okinawa, Iwo Jima and Tinian. After the war he worked as an electric lineman and then became a master carpenter, known for his exquisite cabinetry and his meticulous attention to detail. With his friend Pete Hall he built many fine homes on the Lower Cape. He was the embodiment of Yankee Ingenuity | he could build or fix anything that required his attention, with keen resourcefulness. He was a founder of the Nauset Rod & Gun Club and spent tireless hours maintaining the range in North Eastham. He was an avid deer hunter both on the Cape and in Maine. He enjoyed walking the woods and beaches, always on the lookout for turtles, arrowheads, antique bottles and other artifacts. He loved to share his knowledge of the old days and was very generous with his time and talents. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Dorothy and is survived by his daughter Audrey Sukovich, her husband Steve, grandsons Matt and Andy Sukovich, all of North Eastham, and a niece, Pattie Hamilton of Shamong, New Jersey. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 6 at 11:00 a.m. at the Church of the Holy Spirit, 204 Monument Road, Orleans. Memorial donations may be made to the Eastham Council on Aging, P.O. Box 1203, North Eastham, MA 02651. Notes of comfort and sympathy may be made to his family at www.MorrisOConnorBlute.com


Published in The Cape Codder from June 20 to June 27, 2013