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Geneseo Republic - Geneseo, IL
  • Obituary - Robert Benzon

  • Robert O. “Bob” Benzon, 98, of Geneseo, died Saturday, June 21, 2014, at Hillcrest Home in Geneseo. A memorial service celebrating his life will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 28 at Vandemore Funeral Home in Geneseo. The Rev. Susan Cripe-Benzon will officiate. Per his request, cremation rites have been acco...
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  • Robert O. “Bob” Benzon, 98, of Geneseo, died Saturday, June 21, 2014, at Hillcrest Home in Geneseo. A memorial service celebrating his life will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 28 at Vandemore Funeral Home in Geneseo. The Rev. Susan Cripe-Benzon will officiate. Per his request, cremation rites have been accorded and a private inurnment will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Geneseo. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service (9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.) Saturday at Vandemore Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be left to a favorite charity of the donor’s choice.
    Bob was born March 21, 1916, in Moline, the son of Peter and Selma (Freeburg) Benzon. As a young man, Bob lived in Tiskilwa; Stanton, Iowa; and Andover. He was a 1933 graduate of Cambridge High School and a 1937 graduate of Augustana College in Rock Island. Bob enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in World War II. He married Marilyn Norcross on June 1, 1946, in Orion. After the war, he was a farm manager, manufacturing company representative, plant superintendent and retired as manager of Beatrice Foods Inc. ConAgra Products Plant in Omaha, Neb. In 1976, he was listed in “Who’s Who in Nebraska” with a special comment from President Gerald Ford.
    Bob was, or had been, a member of the American Legion, life member of the Disabled American Veterans, 32nd degree Mason, Shriner, charter member of the Valley View Club in Cambridge, coached and taught at the high-school level, was active in Little League Baseball, was a Sunday school teacher and active in church organizations. Bob currently was a member of First Lutheran Church in Geneseo.
    Survivors include his wife, Marilyn; son, Dr. Steven Benzon and his wife, the Rev. Sue Cripe-Benzon of Delavan, Wis.; daughter Sally Ann Benzon of Geneseo; six grandchildren, Amanda (Chris) Mull, David (Ann) Benzon, Peter Benzon, Andrew Benzon, John Benzon and Robert Benzon; three great grandchildren, Alayna, Alyssa and Alex Mull; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Mildred Lundin, Linnea Swanson and Betty Zelnio; two brothers, Harold Benzon and Col. Paul Benzon; and great granddaughter, Selena Mull.

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