Tony R. Benson, of Oconomowoc, Wis., passed to eternal life Thursday, June 10, 2010 after a long illness.
Tony is survived by his wife of 48 years Magdaline Marshall Benson; his three children and their spouses, Denise Benson Small and husband Mark, of Oconomowoc, Michelle Benson Walker and husband Timm, of Delafield, Wis., Jason Robb Benson and wife Leslie, of Delafield; three cherished grandchildren, Magdaline Small, Jackson Walker and Cole Benson; siblings, Retta Burke, of Cabool, Mo., Terry Benson, of Rogers, Ark., Randy Benson, of Doniphan, Mo., and Rhonda Morris, of Lakeview, Ark., and 16 nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Newton Benson; mother, Lena Oneida Reagan Benson, and brother, Robert Dale Benson.
Tony was born July 29, 1939, in Pollard, Ark., and baptized into Christ November 1966, in Milwaukee, Wis. He attended Caruth High School in Caruth, Mo., Rankin Trade School in St. Louis, Mo., Christian College of the Southwest in Mesquite, Texas, and retired from a career in advertising with Ameritech in 1995.
Tony was an avid sportsman and found peace and wonder in the natural world. Many were blessed by bouquets resulting from his love of nurturing both people and hybrid tea roses and many shared precious hours with him awed by God's creation while hunting and fishing. He was a member of the Church of Christ and wishes any memorials be sent to Wisconsin Christian Youth Camp - Memorials, N3595 Fall Hall Road, Black River Falls, WI 54615.
He will be dearly missed by all who loved him so.
Funeral services for Tony will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, June 18, at Oconomowoc Lake Club in the ballroom.
Visitation will be from noon until time of service.
Burial will follow in LaBelle Cemetery.