PALMETTO, Fla. — Ervin E. Benson, 92, of Palmetto, passed away on Oct. 13, 2019.
Born March 15, 1927, son of Harold and Lida (Russ) Benson, he graduated from Franklin (NH) High School, Class of 1945.
Ervin entered in the U.S. Army in 1945, and served in Germany, returning in 1947. He transferred to the Reserves where he retired at the age of 60 after serving 41 years.
He attended New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire, graduating in the Class of 1950. He went to work with Public Service Company of New Hampshire, where he worked in the Franklin District, leaving in 1957 as office manager.
After the passing of his father, he joined his brother, Earl, in purchasing the Benson Auto Company in 1958, which their father had started in 1911. They owned and operated the business until 1995, when they sold it to Earl’s son, Jack.
He was a member of Congregation Christian Church of Franklin, New Hampshire, since 1948, and served as treasurer for 25 years. He was also a member of the Church of the Trinity of Sarasota, Florida. He was a trustee of the Franklin Cemetery Association for several years, and served as trustee of trust fund and president.
He was preceded by his parents; his ex-wife, Claudette H. Benson; brothers Hiram, William, and Earl; sisters Dorothy Joyce, Mary Hodgeman, and Muriel Lavalley; sons Benny and James; adopted son Raymond; and adopted daughter Alice Davis.
He is survived by his long-time partner of 42 years, Ronald Luongo; daughter Diane and husband Glenn Theall; sisters Helen Boudreau and Martha Carkin of Laconia, New Hampshire; son-in-law Robert Davis; many nieces and nephews; and a host of other family and friends.
Services will take place at a later date in New Hampshire.
The family requests that donations in Ervin’s name be made to the Congregation Christian Church of Franklin, PO Box 69, Franklin, NH 03235.
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