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Charles Fred “Rusty” Benner

  • Birth 6 Nov 1935 Oroville, Butte County, California, USA
  • Death 5 Mar 2012 Dade City, Pasco County, Florida, USA
  • Burial Eaton Rapids, Eaton County, Michigan, USA
  • Memorial ID 97851516

Charles Fred "Rusty" was the son of Charles F. Hodge and his wife Alma (Orin) Swain. The marriage ended.

Rusty's mother, Alma, married 2) Henry Benner and he adopted her children and gave them his name. (All deceased.)
Rusty married 1) Georgette (_), deceased, and she is buried in Pearl, Rankin, Mississippi. Divorced.

3 BENNER children with Georgette:

1. Robin; m. Ricky Rodriguez
2. Vicky
2. Laurie; m. Larry Foster

Georgette brought into this marriage 1 child:

Michelle; m. Michael King.
Rusty married 2) Helen Marie (Shellito) Shirey, as her 2nd husband. She died on 12/23/68.

1 BENNER child with Helen:

4. Charles Fred "Chuck" Benner II (Living); m. Chris (_).

Helen brought into this marriage 4 SHIREY children by Donald Elmer Shirey, Sr (deceased):

1. Donald Elmer Shirey D-10/1996, buried in Texas.
2. Sidney Arthur Shirey; m. Sally (_). Living in S.C. (2012).
3. Keith Emmett Shirey D-9/2/2011.
4. Sandy Shirey #32901659 D-2/24/1996, buried in Rossberg, OH; m. Mike Rammel on 8/16/1975; resided in OH. He survives (2012).
Rusty married 3) Margret Ann "Marge" (_); they share a headstone in Rosehill, Eaton Rapids, Eaton, MI (_), m. 22 years.

3 BENNER children with Marge:
5. Orin; m. Cheryl (_)
6. Paula; m. Tony Eldridge
7. Todd; m. Carla (_)

Marge brought into this marriage 1 child:

Michelle (_).
Rusty grew up in northern California and graduated from Red Bluff Union High School in 1953. He eventually found his way to Michigan and retired from the Eaton Rapids School District in 1996.

Rusty enjoyed puzzles, playing computer solitaire, NASCAR, and was an avid Jack Daniel's collector and USC fan. He was a simple gracious man who loved his family.

After Marge died, Rusty partnered with Linda McDougall for 14 years, and they lived together in Mecosta, Mecosta, MI, during the summer months and enjoyed warm, sunny days in FL during the Michigan winters, and she cared for him during his last days.

He is also survived by grandchildren Larry, Georgette, Jennifer, Mandy, Amanda, Charlie, David, Brandon, Nathan, Brittany, Chase, Brayden, and Trace; great grandchildren, Dakota and M.J. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Interment at the Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids, Eaton, MI.
Obituary (with some additions and clarifications) from
Additional information and clarification: Charles Fred "Chuck" Benner, 2012.
1. Henry m. Judy (_).
2. Norreene; m. (_) Riley.

Cindy lives in Holt, Ingham, MI.

Matie Dunn, Brock Shirey, Kenny Shirey, Shaunee Shirey, Brittany Dowdy
henry and noreen are my dads sibling...noreen is the oldest and henry is the youngest....Judy is henry's wife. Cindy is keith's wife..and daughter of tom and donna shellito.
Who is Shirley (Shirey) Karn? Is she a 6th child of your mother Helen and Don Shirey?.

shirley is the oldest child of Don from a previous relatiopnship.

henry and noreen are my dads sibling...noreen is the oldest and henry is the youngest....Judy is henrys wifeCindy is keiths wife..and daughter of tom and donna shellito.

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  • Maintained by: charles benner
  • Originally Created by: Mary E. Warner
  • Added: 27 Sep 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 97851516
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Charles Fred “Rusty” Benner (6 Nov 1935–5 Mar 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 97851516, citing Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids, Eaton County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by charles benner (contributor 47947977) .