Keith Benjamin

March 19, 1934January 4, 2014
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Keith Benjamin, 79, of Davenport, passed away Saturday, January 4, 2014, after a long battle with Lewy Body Dementia, at the Good Samaritan Home in Davenport. Funeral services will be Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 10:30 am at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Davenport. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4-7 pm at the Runge Mortuary and one hour prior to the service at the church. Inurnment will be at a later date in Rose Hill Cemetery, Buffalo, IA. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St Mark Lutheran Church or 1st Lutheran Church in Pine River, MN. Online condolences may be left at

Keith was born March 19, 1934 in Waterloo, IA, the son of Dwight and Marjorie (Blackman) Benjamin. He was united in marriage to Karen F. Kauffman on June 7, 1958 in Davenport. He served in the Army during the Korean Conflict.

He taught accounting at North Scott High School for thirty-six years prior to his retirement. Additionally, Keith ran the clock for all sporting events.

He was a member of St. Mark Lutheran Church where he served on the church council for many years. He spent summers with his family on Lake Ada in Pine River, MN and also served on the Lake Ada Board in his retirement years. Keith was a life-long member of the National Education Association.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Karen, Davenport; his children: Kirk (Lynn) Benjamin, St. Louis, MO; Kathryn Duncan ( Chris Jones), LeClaire, IA; Kevin (Lisa) Benjamin, Geneseo, IL and Kyle (Nancie) Benjamin, Walker, MN; grandchildren: Bryce, Brennan and Keagan Benjamin; Ada Duncan; Emma, Dale, Lucas, Kathryn and Megan Benjamin and brothers: Blair, Ariz., and Neil, Waterloo, IA. His parents preceded him in death.


  • Funeral Service Thursday, January 9, 2014
  • Visitation Wednesday, January 8, 2014
  • Visitation Thursday, January 9, 2014

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Deanna Jarvie

February 4, 2014

Just looking through this slide show again, remembering how much fun it was to be around Keith. He had the cutest little smile. My kids loved him too, especially Jessie when he would pick her up by the ears. So glad he was able to come visit the ranch as many times as he did, and that he loved it and wanted to come back. I'm grateful to have been there for his final days. We'll see you again, Keith, in a better place.

January 28, 2014

Karen & Family,

Thank you for this site as we wanted to add a note of our own. We can't tell you
how much your family has brought joy to us since moving next door at the lake.
It is a pleasure to have you not only our neighbors but our friends. We are happpy
we have the wonderful memories of Keith through out the time we have known
him ~ even before we moved. Carl and Gin loved his company and we got
in on some of those coffee times after his walks. His great dry sense of humor was so fun. Took one a while to know if he was pulling your leg or
teasing a bit. We will never forget the day he came over to tell us of his
disease and how he wanted to tell us personally. Karen, you were so faithful
and a true example of what marriage is all about. We consider it a true
honor to have known Keith and look forward to seeing him again someday.

Our love, Ron and Carolyn

Elizabeth Keller

January 11, 2014

I was sorry to learn of Mr. Benjamin's passing in the NS Press. He was my accounting teacher at NS (class of '67) and to this day I can picture his energetic presence, love of the subject, and engaging smile. I retained what he taught me and although I ended up being an attorney, I continue to use those accounting basics to this day. He was a great teacher. Elizabeth A. Keller

Diane and Steve Norlin

January 11, 2014

Dear Karen and family,
We are so very sorry for the loss of Keith. Know we are thinking of all of you. I have many memories of Keith as we would cross paths on HWY 84. I always enjoyed our road side conversations. Wishing you and your family well as you find your peace in the midst of lifes most challenging phases.

Kevin Rauch

January 9, 2014

Dear Karen & Family

My deepest sympathy on Keith's passing. He was a wonderful man. I know you have many special memories with him to cherish. You are in my prayers and I know that he is in a perfect place now.

Steve Jessen

January 9, 2014

My condolences to the Benjamin Family and I am very sorry for your loss. Mr. Benjamin was my high school accounting teacher(Class of '84). He set me on the path to pursue an accounting degree in college.

Ron and Jamie Calvert

January 9, 2014

No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. Our deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.

Sharon Butterfield

January 8, 2014

Dear Karen and family. I am so very sorry for your loss of Keith. I will be in prayer for you and your family. May God strengthen and comfort you during this time. I was so glad to have had the chance to meet you Karen and Keith at Good Samaritan. God bless you. Sharon Butterfield

Pat Claeys-Roth

January 8, 2014

To the Benjamin Family...
The Class of '63 has always felt a very special bond with Mr. B. We were his students during his first year at North Scott. He truly cared and went the extra mile for all of us. He will be fondly remembered by all those who were touched by him. I will remember him as a favorite teacher. Please accept my personal sympathies.

Alice Mayer

January 8, 2014

Kirk and family -
I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.