William L. â€śBillâ€ť Benson, 73, of Perry Township, passed away at his home early Thursday morning, July 12, 2012. Bill was born in Massillon on December 22, 1938, a son to the late Robert L. Benson and Ruth (Mercer) Benson-Huwig. Following service in the US Army, he worked in several maintenance positions before retiring after 22 years of dedicated service to the residents of Mayfield Manor. Bill always found special pleasure camping with family and friends at Lake Lila, as a founding member of the â€śBuddah Golf Classic,â€ť and as a social member of the Navarre VFW.
Preceded in death by his parents, his step-father Wilson D. Huwig, and a sister, Sue Ann Benson Snyder, Mr. Benson is survived by his wife Dianne D. (Taylor) Benson; daughter Kim M. (Kevin) Chandler of North Canton, son William L. (Tammy) Benson, Jr., of Navarre, and daughter Toni Jean Marsh and her fiancĂ©, Kevin McClusky of Clinton; step-daughters Jennifer (Mike) Pethtel of Florida, Kathy (Frank) Hardin of Massillon, and step-son David (Stacy) Diehl of Canton. Grandchildren Heather and Brittney Benson, Holly East, John Massiloni, Dennis, Taylor and Haylee Hardin, Brendon Julian-Diehl and Devin Diehl; a great-granddaughter Jayden King; his brothers, David L. (Joyce) Benson of Roanoke, VA, Robert L. (Patsy) Benson of Navarre, Richard L. (Linda) Benson of Bolivar, John (Debbie) Benson, and sister, Deborah J, (Chris) Yoder, all of Massillon; a sister-in-law Peggy (Rick) Gradijan; a host of nieces and nephews; dear friends Jim and Rita Shaw, Pat Curly and his family, and friend Bill W. The family also extends their sincere thanks to Mercy Hospice for their care and kindness.
A Celebration of Life honoring Bill Benson will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions in Billâ€™s name are suggested to Mercy Medical Center Hospice, 1320 Mercy Drive, NW, Canton, Ohio 44708. It is the privilege of Atkinson Feucht Hare Funeral Home, Navarre Chapel, to assist the Benson family. To share a fond memory and sign the on-line guestbook, please visit www.atkinsonfeucht.com.