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 www.neunfuneralhomes.com
Wounded Warrior Project
7020 A.C. Skinner Parkway, Suite 100, Jacksonville FL 32256