Eldon L. Benson Sept. 18, 1940 - Sept. 4, 2017

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Eldon Lee Benson, 76 years 11 months and 17 days, of Ong passed away at 8:50 a.m., on Sept. 4, at his home in Hastings with family at his side. Eldon was born in Ong on Sept. 18, 1940, to Lynn and Ethel Johnson Benson. The third of three children, he attended school in Ong, graduating in 1958. He then went to Fairbury Junior College for two years, where he attained All American status as a star player for the basketball team. He then transferred to Kearney State College where he also excelled as a basketball player and graduated with a teaching and coaching degree. He taught at Bloomington, Republican City and Sandy Creek. He loved his students and they knew it; many kept in touch even years after graduating. He met the love of his life while in college and was united in marriage to Judith Kennedy on June 3, 1962. They were married for 55 years. This union was blessed with two children, Brad and Lisa. Eldon was offered the opportunity to return to the farm and was an excellent farmer. He prided himself with the straightest of rows, without the aid of GPS. He loved the outdoors and had a lifelong love of hunting and fishing. He also had a blue bird trail for many years with as many as 41 boxes. His goal was to pledge 2,000 birds, a goal of which he reached and surpassed. He also helped start the great tradition of barn quilts in the area and was always willing to share his expertise with anyone interested. Eldon loved his children and grandchildren deeply and unconditionally and was so very proud of each one. Eldon was baptized and confirmed at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Ong and was a faithful member of the Christian faith his entire life. Eldon is survived by his wife, Judy; son, Brad (Kris) Benson, and their children Jacob, Katie and Makenzie; and daughter, Lisa (Craig) Reinsch, and their children Nicole (Garrett) Effenbeck and Taylor Reinsch. He is also survived by his mother-in- law, Stella Busch of Arapahoe, and numerous relatives and friends. Eldon was preceded in death by his parents, Lynn and Ethel Benson, brother, Gordon Benson, sister, Rosie Niedt, and father-in-law Gerald Busch. Memorial services will be held Friday, 10:30 a.m., Sept. 8, at the Williams Funeral Home Chapel in Edgar with the Rev. Sharleen Cross officiating. A private inurnment will take place at the Ong Cemetery prior to the service. There will be no visitation. A register book will be available for signing on Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Williams Funeral Home of Edgar. Condolences may be sent to the family at wmsfh.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the family in care of the Williams Funeral Home, PO Box 492 Edgar, NE 68935.

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