Roy Lee Benson
1932 - 2020
Roy L. Benson, age 87, of Van Buren, died at 7:40pm on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at his residence, surrounded by those who loved him. Roy was born on September 22, 1932 in the small town of Brownfield in the Dust Bowl region of West Texas to Richard Oscar and Alice Bessie (Little) Benson. Roy, the youngest of four surviving children, lost both of his parents at a tender age and was raised by his extended family, who brought him to Akron, Ohio as a toddler. As a young boy, Roy carried mail, stocked shelves, attended church and developed a deep attachment to our national pastime of baseball. Through his radio and his imagination, the young Roy (or Bub as he was known) was transported to ballparks in cities throughout the country. The giants of the game and their batting statistics became his first subjects of serious study, with many others to follow. Roy joined the Navy in 1952. He served four years, with much of that time on board the aircraft carrier USS Bennington, including during the Korean War. Upon discharge, Roy returned to his home church in Akron for a service and eyed a pretty new face in the church choir. Evangeline (Vangie) Booher was new to Akron from her studies at Marion College in Indiana. Roy and Vangie were engaged just four weeks after meeting and were married a few months later on June 15, 1957. While their courtship was brief, their marriage lasted nearly 63 years. Roy earned a bachelors degree in Accounting from Anderson College in Indiana in 1961. Upon college graduation, Roy and Vangie moved their young family to Findlay, Ohio, where Roy had been recruited by Marathon Oil to work as an accountant. Roys natural love of education led him to begin legal studies as a night student, earning a juris doctor degree from the University of Toledo College of Law in 1966. Together, Roy and Vangie cultivated in their family a passion for education, history, politics, and faith. Roy enjoyed his Christian faith from a spiritual and intellectual perspective. He cherished the Bible and found some of the Old Testament stories so compelling; the story of Joseph was a favorite. He could quote scripture but only as the humblest of followers, and he recognized and respected the Christian tradition as the foundation of our country and our culture. Roy loved America and Americana, but also had an international perspective and developed lasting friendships with people from around the world. In his later years, Roy returned to his beloved baseball and coached high school boys in the local Fall Ball League for 13 years, until he was 82. Through the years, many of those young men have shared with Roy that they learned more from him than just the fundamentals of baseball. To know Roy was to know his optimism and enthusiasm for people. He had a tremendous sense of humor, which was matched by a sense of perspective about life and the richness of human relationships. He loved big thinking, great literature and food. As someone who never knew either of his parents, Roy was an extraordinarily devoted parent and grandparent and leaves a legacy of love to his family that will continue to influence its future generations. Roy is survived by his wife of 62 years, Vangie Benson and their three children: Rebecca Miller, Randall (Susan) Benson, and Molly Benson. Roy was also an adoring Papa to five grandchildren: Cody (Alyssa) Miller, Alex (Jessica) Benson, Samantha Benson, Sophie Miller, and Sarah Benson; and a great-granddaughter, MacKenzie Benson. Preceding him in death were his siblings: Clyde Benson, Glendon Overholt, and Richard Benson. Roy attended the College First Church of God and was a member of the Findlay American Legion. Visitation will be held from 2:00-4:00pm and 6:00-8:00pm on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME in Findlay. Funeral services will be held at 10:00am on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at College First Church of God, 1100 North Main Street, Findlay, Ohio. Pastor William Reist will officiate, in collaboration with family friend Jerry Murray. Interment will follow at Bechtel Cemetery in Van Buren, where the Hancock County Veterans Memorial Squad will provide full military rites. Memorials may be given to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516. Online condolences are welcomed at coldrencrates.com.
COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME [Map]
205 West Sandusky Street
Findlay, Ohio 45840
Tuesday, January 21st 2020 2:00 - 4:00 PM & 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Wednesday, January 22nd 2020 - 10:00 AM
College First Church of God [Map]
1100 North Main Street
Findlay, Ohio 45840
Final Resting Place:
Bechtel Cemetery [Map]
Township Road 229
Van Buren, Ohio 45889
Wounded Warrior Project - Benson
P.O. Box 758517
Topeka, Kansas 66675
Condolences For Roy Lee Benson
You're in our thoughts and prayers. Wishing you strength and peace now and in the days ahead.
With deepest sympathy,
Sue and Steve Gagle
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
We are very sorry to hear of the passing of your father and would like to convey our condolences to you and your family. Although we did not him, it is evident that he lived a full life and was a loving father. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Tom & Debi Kaczynski
I’m so sorry to hear of Roy’s passing. I have fond memories of our families living in Beechwood and getting together for cookouts and us kids riding bikes. Roy was always smiling and full of energy and a true gentleman. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.
I remember the time we first came to church, you invited us out to eat with the family. Then my visits to your place so Roy could show me the huge tree and how far back in history it began.
Our sympathies to you and family at this time of loss.
Sincerely, Bob and Rachel Poe
Fair winds and following seas shipmate.
We were fortunate to meet Roy when Sam played Fall Ball for Roy's team his junior and senior years.
Not only did it help with his skills, the relationship we developed with Roy was the best. Sam continued to visit Roy after graduation, stayed with him and Vangie in Orlando, tried to have lunch with him every year, and Roy and Vangie even came to Sam's graduation party.
Both of us, and mom, thought the world of Roy and Vangie.
I recall when Sam first met him at the their home, Roy talked a lot about boys being singled out too often for bad things - and not the good. Roy was a throw back in the best of ways
He was just that kind of guy.
For Roy, I hope the team is playing two, it's 74 degrees, the wind is calm and there's not a cloud in sight.
We'll miss him. The world is a better place with people like Roy in it.
I was so sorry to learn of Roy's passing. My sincere condolences to you and your family at this time of your loss.