US Army


Richard Carroll Benner

November 14, 1929 ~ June 25, 2018 (age 88)

Franklin, NH

Richard Carroll Benner, 88, of Franklin, died at Mountain Ridge Center on June 25,


He was born in Boothbay Harbor, ME on Nov. 14, 1929 the son of Willard Ross

Benner and Susie (Barter) Benner.

Dick was raised in Boothbay Harbor, served in the US Army for 25 years living in

many places, home and abroad, including two tours in Vietnam, before retiring in


His service is outlined in a book, “Looking Back, Volume 1” written by Sarah

Sherman McGrail. Following his military service, he worked as a safety officer at

The Pentagon for 13 years.

Dick was an avid sports fan, especially his beloved Red Sox and Celtics, and played

softball all his life until his knees called a halt. He was a member of an Old Time

Radio club while at the Pentagon, loved the old movie cowboys and crosswords.

Louis L’Amour was his favorite author and read all his books more than once. His

interests were numerous and varied, but he loved the Lord the most.

Family members include his wife, Joanne (Welch) Benner originally of Clairton, PA

and 2 children: Richard Ross Benner of Alvarado, TX and Amy Caroline Benner of

Franklin, 2 grandchildren, Aubrey and Annike Benner, both of Vermont, a sister,

Suzanne Raudenbush of Southport, ME, and nieces and nephews. He was

predeceased by another daughter, Pamela Diane Benner, in 1982.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the First Baptist Church of Belmont, 49 Church

St., Belmont on Thursday, June 28 at 2:00pm.

Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery.

Donations in memory of Mr. Benner may be made to Wounded Warriors Project.

Thibault-Neun Funeral Home in Franklin is assisting with services. For an online

guestbook, please visit

Donations may be made to:

Wounded Warrior Project
7020 A.C. Skinner Parkway, Suite 100, Jacksonville FL 32256
Tel: 1-877-832-6997

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