R. Rhoe Benson, 90, of Wooster, Ohio, passed away on Friday, July 5, 2013, at Wooster Community Hospital. At his pass-ing, he was surrounded by his wife, children and grandchildren. Rhoe was born in Jamestown, N.Y., in 1923, to George E. and Ellen J. (Peterson) Benson. He was the younger brother of Dr. Donald W. Benson, and graduated from Jamestown High School in 1941. During his youth, he was involved in many church and school activities, and was especially proud to have been editor-in-chief of the Senior Annual, a member of the a capella choir and a starting forward on coach Rolland Taft's championship Jamestown High School basketball teams of the early 1940s.
In 1941, he enrolled at the College of Wooster in Ohio. His college career was interrupted by World War II, and Rhoe enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving in the Pacific, where he saw action at the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa, and as part of the Occupation fleet. He received an honorable discharge in 1946, attaining the rank of lieutenant junior grade.
He returned to the College of Wooster and completed a Bachelor of Arts in economics in 1947. He also met and married his college sweetheart, Elizabeth M. (Baker) Benson of Cleveland, Ohio. They recently celebrated their 65th wed-ding anniversary. A devot-ed husband to Liz, Rhoe was also a devoted father to their three children: Susan E. Collins (Mac) of Freeport, Maine, Richard R. Benson Jr. (Tina) of Shreve, Ohio, and David L. Benson (Cindy) of Aurora, Ohio. He took great pride and joy in their eight grandchil-dren: Andrew and Christo-pher Collins, Sarah, Joshua, Abigail and Claire Benson and Ian and Nathaniel Ben-son.
R. Rhoe Benson
A businessman, he joined the DC Harris Company of Wooster in 1959 as its sales manager. When it incorporated a few years later as Cosmicoat Inc., he became vice-president and secretary, in which capacities he served until it closed in 1985. He then managed the Wayne County Department of Solid Waste and Recycling, a po-sition from which he retired in 1990. An avid golfer since college, he also worked part-time in retirement at the College of Wooster golf course pro shop.
Rhoe was a faithful member of the First Presbyterian Church of Woost-er, where he served as an elder and a 51-year member of the choir. He was also ac-tive in the civic and social life of his community. With his love of golf, he played in two senior leagues, and also with his favorite playing partner, his wife, Liz.
He is survived by his wife, children and grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Leigh K. Baker of Raleigh, N.C.; a sister-in-law, Margery Ben-son of Chicago, Ill.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was many things in life, but to those most im-portant to him he was loved. He will be missed.
A service of remembrance is planned for Aug. 10, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Wooster, Ohio. A reception will follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to People-To-People Minis-tries, 454 E. Bowman St., Wooster, Ohio 44691.