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Vincent Roy Benson

Vincent Roy Benson, 83, of Blackfoot, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2008, at the Bingham County Extended Care Facility.

He was born April 28, 1925, in Pocatello to Edward I. and Josephine Roy Benson. He grew up on the family farm in Roy. He attended school in Roy through the eighth grade. He entered the U.S. Navy in 1944, serving as a first class seaman aboard the USS Goshen and was honorably discharged in July 1946. He was proud to have served his country during World War II. He was extremely patriotic and active in the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

On Jan. 18, 1947, he married Ilene Ruth Morris. They had four children, Douglas Roy, Carolyn Ilene, Vincent Blaine and Sheila Marie. They moved from Roy to Rockland in 1958, ultimately moving the family to his farm west of Blackfoot in 1965. Farming was Vince's passion; he loved tilling the soil, planting and watching the crops grow. He was a member of the Blackfoot Elks Lodge, served on the board of the local grain growers association and was inducted into the Agricultural Hall of Fame in 1999. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.

He is survived by his wife of more than 61 years, Ilene; children, Blaine (Kerry) Benson of Blackfoot and Sheila (Jerry) Jackson of Pingree; six grandchildren, Lisa (Steven) Blight, Nick (Sherice) Benson, Mandy (Clay) Anderson, Barbie (Matt) Albaugh, Chad (JanaLee) Jackson and Kelsey (Dave) Osmond; and 14 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Douglas (stillborn); daughter, Carolyn Gazarek; sister, Ethel Cotter; and two brothers, Cliffy and Don Benson.

A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 15, at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 S. Shilling Ave. in Blackfoot. The family will meet with friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today and for one hour prior to the service, both at the funeral home. Interment will be at 3 p.m. Friday in Rockland Cemetery.

Published in Post Register on Aug. 14, 2008
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