|Birth: ||May 18, 1927|
|Death: ||Jul. 12, 2007|
Mr. J. Martin Benchoff, 80, industrialist and big game hunter, died at his home in Waynesboro, PA on Thursday morning, July 12, 2007. The cause of death was complications from Parkinson's disease.
Born on May 18, 1927 in Hagerstown, MD, he was the son of the late J. Thompson and Marie A. (Hickey) Benchoff. He was a life long resident of the Waynesboro area.
Mr. Benchoff attended Friends School, and attended the University of Pennsylvania both in Philadelphia, PA.
He began his lifetime career at Grove Manufacturing Company in Shady Grove, PA in 1954 as a farm wagon salesperson. He went on to become President in 1969 when the company was purchased by Walter Kiddle and Co. He became Chairman of the Board in 1980 and then Chairman Emeritus in 1988 after Grove became part of Hanson Industries. Together with Grove's founders, John Grove, Dwight Grove, and Wayne Nicarry, he took Grove Manufacturing from being a small regional producer of farm equipment to being the leader of the international mobile hydraulic crane market.
His contributions to the local community were significant. He was a founder of the Waynesboro Day Care Center, a benefactor of the Waynesboro Y.M.C.A., and most importantly a creator of jobs that benefited many lives.
He served on the Board of Directors of the former First National Bank of Waynesboro, presently M&T Bank, and the Waynesboro Hospital Board of Directors. He was a member of many clubs and organizations ranging from Metropolitan Club of New York to the Blue Ridge Sportsman Club near his home in Blue Ridge Summit, PA.
The greatest passion in his personal life was big game hunting, which he pursued throughout the world. Although he took many exceptional trophies in a lifetime of hunting, his proudest achievements was a stone sheep taken in British Columbia and two doll sheep from the Yukon Territory, which placed high in the Boone and Crocket record book. Like all true hunters, he was first and foremost a conservationist who always looked for the most mature animal to harvest. He was a patron of the North American Foundation for Wild Sheep.
He is survived by a daughter, Helen Benchoff of Blue Ridge Summit; a son, J. Martin Benchoff, Jr. of Wenham, Massachusetts; his former wife, Mary Louise Benchoff of Waynesboro; four beloved grandchildren; his sister, Rosemary Eshelman of Quincy Retirement Community, Quincy, PA; and his friend and companion, Anna Louise Harris.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M. Monday, July 16, 2007 in St. Andrew Catholic Church, 12 North Broad Street, Waynesboro with Father William Kauffman as celebrant. Burial will be in Green Hill Cemetery, Waynesboro.
James Thompson Benchoff (1890 - 1964)
Marie Amanda Hickey Benchoff (1894 - 1982)
Mary Louise Kilpatrick Benchoff (1931 - 2011)*
Green Hill Cemetery
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Record added: Jan 06, 2010
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