|Birth: ||Mar. 10, 1934|
|Death: ||May 19, 2006|
OREN LEE BENTON formerly of Oto, Iowa, an entrepreneur, from Colorado and a Woodbury County Iowa native who was known across the world for the impact he made and the people's lives he touched, passed away on Friday, May 19, 2006, in Greenwood Village, Colorado following a courageous three-year battle with cancer. Services: Friday May 26, 2006 at the Oto United Church of Christ in Oto. Burial followed the services.
Oren was born in Oto, Iowa, on March 10, 1934, he was valedictorian of his 11-member high school graduating class, and married his childhood sweetheart, Beverly Coon; who lived about three miles down the road from the Benton family.
After serving in the U.S. Army and graduating from the University of New Mexico in 1957 with a bachelor's in accounting, Oren had a 20-year career (1957-1976) as a CPA and tax partner with the accounting firm, Arthur Andersen & Co. in Denver, Colorado, and Omaha, Nebraska. He was an independent entrepreneur and consultant for 10 years after leaving the firm. Starting in the late 1980s, Oren built a worldwide diversified portfolio of approximately 50 operating companies that employed several thousand people in 20 offices around the world. The portfolio included Denver-based NUEXCO, which until its bankruptcy in 1995, was the largest uranium trading operation in the world. The family of companies also included mining operations in uranium, gold and other minerals on several continents, a leading Colorado Springs-based semi-conductor memory development and manufacturing company and other technology development companies, commercial banks, mortgage, leasing and financial companies, real estate interests and a number of other public and private trading and service businesses. His most public investment was a significant ownership interest in the Colorado Rockies National League Baseball franchise. Not one for retirement, at the age of 61, Oren engaged in activities such as representing himself in legal issues related to the bankruptcy and helping develop Rockies Global Marketing, L.L.C. which specializes in the direct marketing of high-quality power tools.
Although Oren lived most of his life in Colorado, he maintained close ties with family living in the area and the Oto community.
His wife continues to maintain the Coon family farm and they enjoyed many extended visits, most recently during Oto's Sesquicentennial in 2004. Committed to the betterment of the community when grain elevators located in downtown Oto deteriorated where he once worked as a young boy with his brothers and father, Oren purchased the property and cleaned up the area. He was also a member of American Legion Post 651 in Oto.
In addition to his wife, Beverly, Oren is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Julia and Patrick Miller, Cynthia and William DePuy, Nancy and Kevin Jordan, Suzanne and Steve Mulligan, Jennifer and Todd Lacey and Jill and Brian Andrews; his grandchildren, Theodore DePuy, Kayla DePuy, Charles DePuy, Amanda Miller, Kristen Miller, Christopher Mulligan, Henry Mulligan, Elizabeth Mulligan, Janna Arenas, Jamie Arenas, Jenelle Arenas, Paige Lacey, Alexander Lacey and Kyle Andrews. Oren is also survivied by his siblings; Donna Stratton, Maurine Becker, Keith Benton, Clara Bolte and Vera Collins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bernice and Edward Benton; and a brother, Wayne Benton.
Edward H. Benton (1893 - 1963)
Bernice M. Benton (1901 - 1993)
Created by: Conley Wolterman
Record added: Feb 21, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 18009879
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