|Birth: ||Apr. 15, 1916|
|Death: ||Aug. 7, 2012|
Raymond O."Ray" Benjamin, of 15780 74th St. Ottumwa passed into eternal life to be with his creator on August 7, 2012, at 8:45 am at the Ottumwa Regional Health Center. Attending at his side was his devoted son, Phil.
Ray was well-known as "Mr.Hy-Vee" of Ottumwa. Ray lived on this earth for over 96 plus years. He was born to Edgar "Ed" and Angeline Cooper Benjamin in Chillicothe, IA on April 15, 1916. He grew up in the Ottumwa area, farming with his father and then trucking with his Dad purchasing and selling fruits and vegetables to local small grocery stores within the Ottumwa area.
Deceased siblings were brother Lester Benjamin and sister Rose Mary Benjamin Bates. He was also proceeded in death by Phil and Rosie's infant daughter Stephanie Rae Ann Benjamin in 1984. Ray married Cora G. Miller on December 21, 1941. They were devoted soul mates and had a much loved marriage for close to 71 years. Ray was a father to son, Phillip E. Benjamin and wife Rosie of Ottumwa and to daughter, Kay Ann Benjamin-Verna and husband Gene of Leawood, Kansas. He was grandfather to Bryan Edward Benjamin and wife Heghan, to Wesley Nicole Verna-Bush and husband Mark and to Bethany Rae Benjamin-Vasquez and husband Thomas. He was blessed with five great-grandcildren, Blaine Edward Benjamin and Bryneley Cora Benjamin, Drake Kristopher Bush, and Maelei Rose and Maiya Rae Ann Vasquez.
Ray was a World War II Army Veeteran serving in the battles of Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland, Central Europe. He was given an Honorable Discharge on November 25, 1945.
Ray will be remembered for his friendliness and for his giving spirit. He gave graciously to help others. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He loved his country and was a true patriot. Our family will miss Ray, our loving husband, Dad, Grandpa and Great Grandpa, much loved mentor and friend.
Funeral services will be 9 am Saturday at First Pentecostal Assembly of God with Pastor Richard Schiotter and Pastor George Edgerly officiating. Burial will be in Shaul Cemetery with military services conducted by Walter B. Schafer Post #775 Veterans of Foreign Wars and O.B.Nelson Post #3 American Legion. Visitation will begin at 10 am Friday at Reece Funeral Home with the family present from 6-8 pm Friday. A memorial has been established to the Army Historical Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Created by: Donald Bitner
Record added: Aug 09, 2012
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