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Eugene L. Bensley

Eugene L. Bensley Obituary

Eugene L. Bensley, 91, of the Forest City Personal Care Home, and formerly of Hop Bottom, passed away peacefully at Allied Services Hospice Center, Scranton, on Sunday, Aug. 2, surrounded by family. His wife is the former Shirley Scott. The couple had been married for 69 years.

Born in Scranton, son of the late Harold and Violet Jackson Bensley, Gene served his country honorably in the United States Navy for four years during World War II. Before retirement, Gene was a self-employed mechanic in Hop Bottom for more than 70 years. He was a member of the Kingsley Community Church and the American Legion Post 154, Montrose. Gene loved hunting and fishing with his pal, Charlie Pompey. Gene loved the Lord and was loved by all the workers at the Forest City Personal Care Home. The family appreciates all of their loving care for the last two-and-a-half years.

Also surviving are four daughters, Bonnie Cowden and husband, Earle, Binghamton, N.Y.; Gayle Steele, Carbondale; Patricia Berry, Vandling; Kim Dragwa and husband Gary, Browndale; four grandchildren, Christina Raley, Christopher Cowden, Jason Sterling, Lindsey Dragwa; four great-grandchildren, Brennan Cowden, Wyatt Raley, Rhylie Long, Aiyana Raley; one great-great-grandchild, Lily Moon Raley; a stepbrother, Mark Bensley, Troy; and many nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Walter, George and Floyd Bensley; and a son-in-law, John Berry.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, Aug. 16, at 2 p.m. in the Kingsley Community Church, 9526 Main St., Kingsley, to be celebrated by the Rev. James P. Madas. Arrangements by the Jones & Brennan Funeral Home, 430 Main St., Forest City.

Memorial donations may be made to the Kingsley Community Church, P.O. Box 121, Kingsley, PA 18825.

For directions or to send online condolences, visit the funeral home website.


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