James R. "Jim" Benson, 89, of Neshannock Township passed away the morning of Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, in Golden Hill Nursing Home.
Mr. Benson was born on Aug. 5, 1927, in New Castle, a son of the late John and Isabella Reynolds Benson.
Jim served in the Army Air Corps during World War II and was honorably discharged.
He was employed by Johnson Bronze for 35 years as a lathe operator until 1983. Jim then worked for Hillview Manor in its laundry department until retiring in 1989.
He was a member of the American Legion Post 343 and the New Castle Area Honor Guard.
Jim enjoyed life and found pleasure in doing many different things. His hobbies included corresponding on his CB radio under the call tag "Duffle Bag" and playing horseshoes.
A family man and true patriarch, Jim cherished the time he was able to spend with his family, particularly his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Surviving are his beloved wife of 55 years, the former Sarah A. Minto, whom he married on June 16, 1962; five daughters, Mary Steele and her companion, Bernie, of Pittsburgh, Joanne Stuart and her husband, John, of Volant, and Grace Benson, Renee Kerr and her husband, David, and April Clark and her husband, Chris, all of New Castle; four sons, Marc Benson and his wife, Shelly, of Erie, John Benson and his wife, Christine, of Pulaski, Jim Benson and his wife, Candice, of New Castle; and Bill Benson and his fiancee, Susan, of Frizzleburg; 21 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by four sisters, Marie McCormick, Dorothy "Dot" McCormick, Alice McGinley and Margaret "Peg" Bridges.
Calling hours will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at the J. Bradley McGonigle Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 111 W. Falls St., New Castle.
Funeral service will be held at 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, with the Rev. John Texter, pastor of First Church of God, Mercer, officiating. The New Castle Area Honor Guard will render military honors immediately prior to the funeral service.
Memorial contributions may be made to UPMC Jameson Hospice, 1000 S. Mercer St., New Castle, Pa. 16101.
Online condolences may be offered to the family by visiting www.McGonigleFuneralHomeandCrematory.com.
Published on  February 15, 2017