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David Benson Creston

Published: Monday, Nov. 4, 2013 9:32 a.m. CST • Updated: Monday, Nov. 4, 2013 11:14 a.m. CST

David Benson, 72, of Creston died Nov. 1, 2013, at Greater Regional Hospice Home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church. The Rev. Ken Halbur Jr. will officiate. Interment with military honors provided by Theodore J. Martens VFW Post 1797 of Creston and Iowa State Patrol Honor Guard will be in Calvary Cemetery. Open visitation will be 1 to 8 p.m. Tuesday with family present 5:30 to 7 p.m. and a Christian Wake Service at 7 p.m. at Pearson Family Funeral Service, 809 W. Montgomery St. Memorials may be directed to the family to be determined. Online condolences may be left at www.pearsonfuneralhomes.com.

David Eugene Benson, son of Lillian Louise and Benny Benson, was born Aug. 13, 1941, in Belmond.

After graduating from Eagle Grove High School in 1959, David enlisted in the United States Army and served one, three-year active duty tour in Hawaii followed by three more years in Germany. David also served 14 years in the Army and Navy Reserves and retired honorably after 20 years of service.

In 1964, David married Traudl Spanyar in Bobingen, Germany.

In 1965, David returned to Eagle Grove and became an Iowa State Highway Patrol officer. He was stationed in Osceola and lived in Creston.

David married twice more, in Creston to Donna Veatch and later to Dorothy Almquist.

David retired from the Iowa State Highway Patrol after 30 years of service.

David later worked as a shuttle bus driver for Area Agency on Aging.

David was a long-term member of Elks Club. He was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church.

David spent more than two years in either hospital or nursing care in Illinois to be close to family. He returned to Creston in September 2013.

David is survived by his son Anthony Kirk Benson of Creston; grandchildren, Anthony Kim Benson of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Jackie Benson and Daniel Benson, both of Edwardsville, Ill.; daughter-in-law Julie Benson of Edwardsville, Ill.; sisters, Connie Johnson, Mary Jo (Sid) Swenson and Marlene Merriam, all of Belmond, and Alyce (Glenn) Nordell of Sugar Grove, Ill.; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and the mother of his sons.

David was preceded in death by his son David E. Jr. in 2006, parents, stepfather Leslie Braund; brothers-in-law, Roger Johnson, Paul Miller and Wilbur “Tiny” Merriam; and nephews, Greg and Eric Johnson.

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