Tonawanda News


March 12, 2014

R. Paul Benton

LOCKPORT — R. Paul Benton of North Tonawanda, age 83, passed away March 11, 2014, at Niagara Hospice House in Lockport.

Mr. Benton was born August 20, 1930 in Walton, NY, son of the late Hugh and Mary Benton.

Mr. Benton graduated from Lockport High School and attended Houghton College, University of Buffalo and Erie Community College.

Mr. Benton worked for the Wurlitzer Company and for Columbus McKinnon where he retired from in 1991 as a design engineer. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War and was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge.

Mr. Benton was a member of Payne Ave. Christian Church where he served as a Deacon, an Elder and a Board Member. His interests included boating. He was a member and past commander of Swiftwater Power Squadron, former member of LaSalle Yacht Club, Buffalo Launch Club and Miata Car Club. Mr. Benton was also a member of Master Builder Masonic Lodge #911 and Elks Lodge #820.

Mr. Benton is survived by his wife of 59 years, Leah Ruth (nee Schultz) Benton of North      Tonawanda; father of Ross E. (Susan) Benton of North Tonawanda and Ruth E. (William) Benton-Misko of Wheatfield; grandfather of Rebecca M. Benton, Paul S. Benton, Sarah A. (Scott) Welker and Rachel M. Misko; great-grandfather of Mason Lewis; brother of Benson A. (Florence) Benton, Sarah Benton (Roger) Fricke, John T. (June) Benton and the late Robert and late William Benton; also survived by nieces and nephews.

Friends may call Friday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 PM at the WATTENGEL Funeral Home (NEW          LOCATION), 533 Meadow Dr., N. Tonawanda, where funeral services and military honors will be held Saturday at 10:00 AM. The Rev. Manda Adams officiating. Burial will be in Acacia Park Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Niagara Hospice or Payne Ave. Christian Church.

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