Kenneth Lee Benson
Kenneth Lee Benson was born on July 13, 1943 to Lloyd Marcus and Constance (Guy) Benson in Moscow, Idaho. At a young age the family moved to the Almira, Washington area. He attended school through the 8th grade before the family relocated to Coulee City. When Kenneth was 11 years old, his younger brother Robert was born. Though separated by years and at times distance, they remained close throughout their lives. Kenneth was a true big brother to Bob, taking him fishing, playing catch and to the races.
Kenneth entered the Army during the Vietnam War and was highly decorated as well as suffering disabling injuries for his service. Kenneth was awarded the Purple Cross with Oak Leaf Clusters, the Vietnam Combat Infantry Badge, the Vietnamese Service Medal and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.
Though a quiet man about his service, Kenneth was a very outgoing person. He was a sports enthusiast; he loved playing sports through school and then after his service as a spectator and fan. Kenneth especially loved traveling the northwest attending car races. He, Bob and other friends loved ‘road tripping’ together across Washington and Idaho for car races. Occasionally horse race tracks were also visited. Kenneth was a huge NASCAR fan.
Kenneth was employed for a time following his service with the US Post Office. As their mother aged, Kenneth moved home with her to be her caregiver following a stroke. He was always a loving and compassionate son and brother. Following mom’s passing, in 1998, Kenneth moved to the Kettle Falls/Colville area and stayed for about ten or eleven years, before finally settling in Chewelah. Kenneth was a strong caretaker for his family and friends.
Kenneth is survived by his brother, Robert Benson of Vancouver, Washington. He was preceded in death by his parents.
A celebration gathering was held at the Chewelah American Legion Hall, Saturday, June 25, 2016 from 3 to 5 p.m.
An ash committal service was held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, June 27, 2016 at the Washington State Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in Medical Lake, Washington. Please join Kenneth’s family at the Longhorn Barbecue, 7611 West Sunset Hwy#2, Spokane, WA 99224, to continue the celebration of his life following the committal service. Please visit the online memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com. Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory has been entrusted with the arrangements.