David Gustaf Benson

February 12, 1933April 19, 2014

David G. Benson died Saturday, April 19, 2014 at home in Reisterstown, Maryland surrounded by his family. He was born in Chicago on February 12, 1933. He was the son of the late Earle Benson and Ruth Yount Benson. He is survived by his wife Carolyn and sons Paul of Millers, MD and Earle of Catonsville, MD; a sister Nancy Ross of Columbus, Ohio; a brother Stephen of Charlotte, North Carolina, and granddaughters Katerina and Sofie.

Mr. Benson had a passion for antique automobiles and was past President of the Chesapeake region of the Antique Automobile Club of America. An avid collector of vintage cars, he enjoyed various activities of all the car clubs to which he belonged.

He was the past president of Restaurant Administration Corporation and at one time owned several Ponderosa Steak Houses. He started Patriot steak houses which had a more Colonial decor. He was also associated with Rax Roast Beef and Wendy's restaurants.

During his service with the United States Army, he served in Germany in the Intelligence branch of the Fifth Infantry Division. He attended Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois whose family members span several generations. He graduated from Purdue University with an Engineering degree and joined Whirlpool Corporation in St. Joseph, Michigan.

Mr. Benson enjoyed sailing on the Chesapeake, traveling and classical music. He was a long-time member of Grace Lutheran Church where he held several positions on the church council.

The family will receive friends in the Lemmon Funeral Home of Dulaney Valley, Inc., 10 W. Padonia Road (at York Road) Timonium, MD 21093 on Tuesday, April 29 from 2 to 4 & 7 to 9pm. A memorial service will be celebrated in the Grace English Evangelical Lutheran Church, 8601 Valley Field Road, Lutherville, MD 21093, on Wednesday, April 30 at 10:30AM. Interment Private. Memorials may be made to Gilchrist Hospice Care, 11311 McCormick Road, Suite 350, Hunt Valley, MD 21031 or Grace English Evangelical Lutheran Church at the above address. A guest book is available at


  • Visitation Tuesday, April 29, 2014
  • Visitation Tuesday, April 29, 2014
  • Memorial Service Wednesday, April 30, 2014

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May 10, 2014

My memories are warm and loving when I think of all of you. The years don't erase friends and shared activities.
I will think of you fondly and send prayers for your peace.
He will always be with you.
Cheryl Kinsey

April 30, 2014

With much love from Atlanta, Erika, Isaac and Ben

April 29, 2014

My dearest Carri
I just returned back to CT. and learned the sad news of your loss. David was much loved and respected. So sorry to hear about the news. I love you Carri. Love Ginger. xoxoxoxoxo respected

Bob Gontram

April 24, 2014

We shared our passions for sailing and restaurants. David, you will always be remembered.

Bill and Doris Brackney

April 23, 2014

David was a true friend from the day we met him... someone we could always count on.....I remember how he used to laugh at Carri and I when we would act silly. A very generous man. A man of great integrity. I remember his big warm hugs. Bill and I keep you all in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time and send you much love.

April 22, 2014

Dave was a good man, a great friend and someone who's word you could always rely on. Bill Kinsey

April 22, 2014

Dear Carolyn and Family
David was a gentleman, a great sincere friend and an avid car enthusiast.
He will be missed by many and we will always remember his kindness.
God bless you.
Helen & Jerry Gordon

Stephen Benson

April 22, 2014

A heck of a guy and I will miss him a whole lot

Hank Reus, Jr

April 22, 2014

Dave was not only a fellow car enthusiast, he was a true friend and we were blessed to share our interest with him. We carry his memory forward and he is now part of us. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Hank, Mary & Henry Reus

Joanne Lake

April 22, 2014

Dear Carolyn and family,
I truly understand the pain you and your family are going through.You are in my prayers.
God Bless You All,
Joanne Lake