KANE - The Rev. V. (Victor) Theodore Benson, 91, entered into life eternal on Sunday (Oct. 24, 2021) at the Lutheran Home at Kane in Kane, where he had been a resident since August 2020.
He was born on May 27, 1930, in Erie, the son of Victor A. and Hilda E. Gustafson Benson.
He graduated from Academy High School in Erie in January 1949. In Erie, he was a member of the Order of DeMolay, serving as the Master Counselor and was a recipient of the Honorary Degree of Chevalier and the Legion of Honor.
He graduated from Thiel College, Greenville, in June 1952 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. He was a member of Alpha Psi Omega National Honorary Theatre Fraternity and a member of the Thiel Players and the Thiel College Choir.
He graduated from the Lutheran Theological Seminary, Gettysburg, in May 1955 with a Master of Divinity degree, majoring in Church History. He was a member of the Seminary Choir for three years.
On June 5, 1955, at Zion's Lutheran Church in Erie, he was ordained to the Gospel of Ministry of Word and Sacrament.
He married Patricia L. Naugle on June 18, 1955, at Saint David's Church, Davidsville. They had been married for 59 years when she entered into life eternal on March 25, 2015.
He was called as the assistant pastor of First Lutheran Church, Warren, in June 1955. While in Warren, he was the mission developer of Saint John's Lutheran Church and the first pastor of that congregation after it was organized in September 1956.
He was then called as pastor of Saint Paul's Lutheran Church, Drakes Mills, in the Edinboro-Cambridge Springs area in January 1958. While there, a new parsonage was built. He was called as pastor of Saint John's Lutheran Church, New Castle, in February 1959. While in New Castle, the congregation purchased a new parsonage adjacent to the church.
In September 1965, he became pastor of Saint Matthew's Lutheran Church, Mount Jewett, where he served for 30 years until his retirement in June 1995. While in Mount Jewett, the congregation built and in five years paid for the nave of the new church building. Later, a new roof system was built over the educational wing-fellowship hall of the church.
While in Mount Jewett, he served as the dean of the Warren-McKean District Lutheran Church for two years. He was also chaplain of the Mount Jewett Volunteer Fire Department for many years and was chairman of the Mount Jewett Service Unit of the Salvation Army for 17 years. He served a term on the Advisory Council of the McKean County Children and Youth Services. He was a school bus driver for the Kane Area School District for 19 years. He had served as a member of the board of directors of the Lutheran Home at Kane.
He served as the interim pastor of Lebanon Lutheran Church, Kanesholm, from November 1982 until he "retired" for a second time when the congregation disbanded in June 2020. At that time, he celebrated 65 years in the ministry.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Ethel Myers of Lake City, Pa.
He is survived by three children, Matthew T. (Karen) Benson of the Kane area, Andrea L. Benson (Peter Nelson) of Portland, Ore., and Kirsten L. (Raymond) Becker of Southampton, Pa.; three grandchildren, Chelsea Benson (Benjamin Mueller), Aaron Benson and Kieran Becker; and two great-grandchildren, Ada and Graham Mueller.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 27, at Cummings Funeral Home, 151 Greeves St., Kane. Visitation also will take placed on Thursday (Oct. 28) beginning at noon at Saint Matthew's Lutheran Church, 13 E. Main St., Mount Jewett, followed by a funeral service at 1 p.m., with the Rev. Carol Sharp, pastor, and other clergy presiding. Burial will take place at Lebanon Lutheran Church Cemetery, Kanesholm. In the interest of protecting one another, the family asks that you wear a mask if visiting or attending the funeral.
Memorials may be made to Saint Matthew's Lutheran Church (P.O. Box Z, Mount Jewett, PA 16740) or the Lutheran Home at Kane (100 High Point Dr, Kane, PA 16735).
Online condolences can be expressed at www.cummingsfh.com.
Published by The Bradford Era from Oct. 26 to Nov. 2, 2021.