Auman's Inc. Funeral Home

390 West Neversink Road, Reading, PA


Daryl Clarence Benner

28 March , 194827 May , 2019
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Daryl Clarence Benner, 71, of Reading, passed away peacefully in his home on Monday, May 27, 2019. He was the loving husband of Lorraine "Lori" (Althouse) Benner. The couple married July 1, 2000.

Born in McAlisterville, PA, he was a son of the late Clarence and Anna Jane (Brown) Benner. He was a member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Douglassville.

Daryl was a US Army veteran and served from 1968 to 1974, earning the National Defense Medal and Good Conduct Medal. He was a graduate of RETS Electronic School and went on to employment with International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) as a Manager.

Daryl enjoyed hunting, fishing and golfing. He loved to be with his family and friends.

In addition to his wife, Lori, Daryl is survived by a son, Bryan Preston Benner and his wife, Jenifer of Chester Springs; a daughter, Amy Marie (Benner) Christman and her husband, Christopher of Boyertown; a stepson, Erik David Benson of Truckee, CA and a stepdaughter, Christa-Rae Benson Schwartz and her husband, Matthew of New Orleans, LA; seven grandchildren, Brady Robert Benner, Ella Jane Benner, Jack Burton Christman, Jenna Marie Christman, Jadyn Avery Schwartz, Zoe Jayne Schwartz and Tali Lorraine Schwartz; a sister, Joy Annette (Benner) Forry and her husband, Roger of McAlisteville and several friends that are more like family.

A Celebration of Daryl's Life will be Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 10am in Auman's Inc. Funeral Home, 390 W. Neversink Rd., Reading, PA 19606 with Rev. Steven Simpson as celebrant. Family and friends are invited to gather and reflect before services in the funeral home on Saturday from 9 to 10am. Military honors will be accorded at the funeral home following the service.

In lieu of flowers, it was Daryl's wish that support and donations be made for Anthony Myers at www.team17strong.org

Fond memories and online condolences can be made at www.AumansInc.com


  • Lorraine "Lori" A. Benner, Spouse
  • Bryan P. Benner, Son
  • Jenifer Benner, Daughter-in-law
  • Amy M. Christman, Daughter
  • Christopher Christman, Son-in-law
  • Erik D. Benson, Stepson
  • Christa-Rae Benson Schwartz, Stepdaughter
  • Matthew Schwartz, Stepson-in-law
  • Joy A. Forry, Sister
  • Roger Forry, Brother-in-law
  • Also surviving are seven grandchildren Brady R. Benner, Ella J. Benner, Jack B. Christman, Jenna M. Christman, Jadyn A. Schwartz, Zoe J. Schwartz and Tali L. Schwartz.


  • Gathering Saturday, 8 June , 2019
  • Celebration of Daryl's Life Saturday, 8 June , 2019


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David Bender

9 June 2019

Lost creek camp will never be the same loved him like an older brother god bless the Benner family and rest easy my friend


8 June 2019

Daryl will forever be missed but forever live on in the memories we hold dear in our hearts of him. My deepest condolences.

Bryan Essick

5 June 2019

My condolences and heartfelt sympathy are extended to the entire Benner family. I had the privilege of working with Daryl and what an incredible man. There wasn’t a day that went by this guy did not make me laugh!
From his incredible homemade buffalo chicken dip that he claimed he made, but I knew Lori made it. Those were great times we shared and will be sadly missed. My dad used to always tell me this and I think it’s fitting to share. Some friends will touch your life a long this journey, but only a true friend will touch your heart. You will be truly missed Daryl !!

Scott & Donna Althouse

3 June 2019

Daryl was our brother-in-law. From the first time we met him, his crazy humor was so refreshing. It was like we always knew each other. So many family gatherings after that were always full of laughter & great sarcasm. Loved it!!! He will be sorely missed by all of the Althouse clan. How we loved him, but we are grateful that he is in the arms of Jesus.
Scott & Donna

Jim Smith

2 June 2019

After writing some memories of the years Daryl and I spent in McAlisterville realized I left out our great part time job. Most people have never heard of a “Chicken Catcher”, but that was a job, we along with lots of other kids from town had during our high school years. It was a dirty, hard job we did at night, but it’s a great memory and one that paid good money for the time. During our recent visit we both enjoyed remembering those nights catching and carrying 10 to 12 chickens at a time for hours across a dimly lit chicken house to an open window and handing off to the guys on the chicken truck. We tried to remember the average number of chickens our team “caught” in a night, Daryl thought around 10,000, I thought 20,000, who remembers those details from so long ago, but we sure got a good laugh out of it.


2 June 2019

Daryl and his son Bryan - Rich Maiden golf tournament

Rich and Meg Waldron

1 June 2019

We have only known Daryl and Lori a short time; and, it has been just wonderful! Daryl was such a good person and all around nice guy. I will miss his planning capability, he was always one step ahead—which always enhanced our travel experience! He and Lori were such a great couple, so easy going and ready for the next adventure. We will think of him often.


31 May 2019

Weekend in Ocean City, Maryland. Good friends, good food and good memories. And a little golfing. Just a terrific time!


31 May 2019

Daryl & Lori introduced me to grilled oysters while we were in New Orleans last year. We went to various places to sample them. Drago's was one of the best!


31 May 2019

What is Daryl doing? He knew I didn't like broken cookies and he is checking them before he got them.