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Ted Dickey West Funeral Home

7990 Geo Bush Turnpike, Dallas, TX

OBITUARY

Donald Richard Benjamin

January 13, 1930June 1, 2019
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Major Donald R. “Ben” Benjamin (89) USAF Ret. passed quietly at his home in Sachse, Texas, the evening of June 1, 2019.

Ben saw the world courtesy of the US Air Force and SAC from 1948 to 1968. Ben progressed from the enlisted ranks and ended his long career as Major, Electronic Warfare Officer and Assistant Chief on B-52s.

Prior to enlistment he attended St. Meinrad Seminary in Indiana near his family home in Loogootee, where he grew up with his parents Mary Gwendolyn Willis Benjamin and Maurice Earl Benjamin, and siblings Mary, John, Willis, Joseph, Edward, Gerald & Robert.

Ben & Mary Frances “Fran” Norred married in 1962. During their 57 years of marriage, they raised 8 children, Victor, Linda, Jim, Madonna, Patsy, Gwen, Molly and Alice, and later welcomed 15 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren.

After his retirement, Ben continued seeing the world as he and Fran traveled from Alaska to Florida and acquired a BA in Journalism from UTA along the way.

Ben was a lifetime musician and loved playing as a member of the Dallas Banjo Band. Above all, Ben had a passion for storytelling.

His stories will continue to be shared for generations to come.

Please join the family for a Celebration of Life Sunday, June 9, 2019 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the Ted Dickey West Funeral Home, located at 7990 George Bush Turnpike, Dallas Tx. 75252.

Burial will be Monday, June 10, 2019 at 11:15 AM at the Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery, located at 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, Texas 75211.

Ted Dickey West Funeral Home in Dallas, Texas has charge of arrangements.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, June 9, 2019
  • Graveside Service Monday, June 10, 2019

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Donald Richard Benjamin

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Madonna Brown

June 7, 2019

My Dad was a story telling, banjo pickin’ hoot! He was full of quotes and could fix just about anything. He was our rock for all these years and I miss this man so much. Heaven is lighting up and I can hear his banjo playing right now!
Love you, Dad

Karen Morphew

June 4, 2019

Mr Ben has been like a extra Dad to me the last 3 years. His wonderful stories and advice will be missed . And always when I would leave for the day his words “be careful there all out there” always makes me smile. Til we meet again I LOVE You Mr Ben!

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