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Claude H Benner

August 28, 1937 ~ September 6, 2019 (age 82)

Obituary of Claude H. Benner


Claude H. Benner, 82, of Milton, DE passed away on Friday, September 6, 2019, at home in the care of Delaware Hospice and his loving friends.  He was born on August 28, 1937 to the late Carl O. and Louisa Hagee Benner in Coatesville, PA.  He attended Coatesville Public Schools, graduating in 1955, going on to graduate from Dickinson College in 1959 with a major in Economics, and minor in History.  As a member of the ROTC, he entered basic training at Fort Meade.  From 1962 thru 1996 he was a SSA Claims Examiner.   He retired in 2000  He also served the Ohio National Guard, Ft. Hayes, earning the rank of a Captain.  He had a great sense of humor, was a fisherman, enjoyed photography, and loved gardening, trees, landscaping.  His favorite holiday was Christmas, and he always decorated his home beautifully.  He also enjoyed baking from scratch, especially cookies and cakes.  He was a member of NARFE; the “Dirty Hands Gang” of the Lightship Overfalls; the US Coast Guard Auxillary; the Easy Striders Walking Club; and the American Legion Post 28. 


He is survived by his long-time friend, Hazel Meegan, a step-son, Michael Bradley; and a step-daughter, Sherry Hanke.  He has three grandchildren, and a cousin: Charles G. Hagee.  In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother: Carl O. Benner, Jr.


A Committal Service, with conferring of Military Honors, will be held at the Delaware Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery, 26669 Patriot Way, Millsboro, DE on Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 1:00 PM.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to either the Lightship Overfalls,  P.O. Box 413, Lewes, DE 19958; or Delaware Hospice 100 Patriot way, Milford, DE 19963.


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PO BOX 413, LEWES DE 19958


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