Charles "Chuck" Benson, Aug. 9, 1919 -- Nov. 29, 2011

Friday, December 16, 2011

Charles "Chuck" Benson, 92, of Holiday Island, Ark., passed away peacefully on November 29 at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville. Chuck was born August 9, 1919 in Toledo, Iowa, one of three children born to Earnest and Bessie Benson. He graduated from the University of Iowa in 1941 and in the same year joined the war effort.

In 1941, Chuck joined the U.S. Army Air Corps. He was immediately recognized as a high-performing airman and ws recommended for Office Candidate School. He graduated OCS and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. By the conclusion of World War II he was a Captain, and he retired from the U.S. Army Air Force Reserves in 1968 as a Lieutenant Colonel.

After the war, Chuck returned to Iowa where he met his future wife, Rita K. Schuck. Chuck and Rita married July 1, 1949. Chuck and Rita were together for 60 years until Rita's passing in 2009.

Professionally, Chuck was a career man for General Motors Acceptance Corporation, starting in 1948 in Des Moines, Iowa, and retiring as Assistant Branch Manager of the Kansas City office in 1980.

Chuck and Rita raised three sons, moving the family from Mason City, Iowa to Overland Park, Kan., in 1965. In 1982 Chuck and Rita retired to Holiday Island where they lived happily for the remainder of their years.

Chuck had a passion for life's adventures, big and small. During their later years Chuck and Rita traveled the world, exploring exotic locations such as North Africa, the Greek Islands and the Amazon jungle. Chuck was an avid sportsman. He was an accomplished fisherman and golfer and found nothing more satisfying than experiencing the successes of his Hawkeyes, Jayhawks, and Cornhuskers. Through it all Chuck enjoyed being around people, always upbeat with a joke or story to share.

Chuck was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Ralph, and sister, Alice; wife, Rita, and son, Charles Michael Benson.

He is survived by sons Mark Benson and wife, Joyce; Stephen Benson and wife, Cathy, and daughter-in-law Sharon R. Benson (Charles Michael); grandchildren Katherine Benson Allen and husband, Joshua; Kelli Benson Koons; and Alexander James Benson and wife, Erica. Lastly, Chuck is survived by three great-grandchildren, brothers Luke, John Allen, and Henry Koons.

At Chuck's request, a memorial service will not be immediately held. He will be interned with Rita at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery. Condolences may be directed to Nelson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 311, Berryville, AR 7266.

Chuck was a loving husband, father and grandfather, and will be greatly missed.