Thursday, April 18, 2024

Washburn High School

Class of 1956 - In Memory Of

David Paul Benson

My older brother - David Paul Benson - WHS class of 56, died December 27, 2003. He was diagnosed with small cell cancer in October of 03 and died two months later.

I remember a few of his buddies: Jay Berwald, Pudge Bass, Bud Miller. These guys were about 8-9 years older than me. However, my brother always took me under his wing and made me feel important when I met his close buddies.

Dave worked for TWA (now American Airlines) as a lead mechanic for 40 years. He retired in October of 2003. He is the father of 2 wonderful kids (hardly kids anymore), and was the very proud grandpa of four kids. He had a wonderful sense of humor and a wonderful sense of who he was. He was always more comfortable in work boots, jeans, and a sweatshirt than anything else. He touched a lot of lives.

As written by Dave's brother, Mark H. Benson WHS Class of 1964 - Dec 13, 2004

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