Eugene Leroy Benson
Jan. 12, 1941 – May 19, 2020
Eugene Leroy Benson, 79, of Richmond passed away Tuesday, May 19, 2020.
Beloved father, brother, son and devoted friend. Recently lost a long and courageous battle against Covid-19. Gene was a proud Vietnam veteran who served in the US Marines. He was a very talented musician and artist who also loved hunting, fishing, singing and playing guitar. Gene was a loving and compassionate man, who always went out of his way to lend a helping hand.
He is survived by his loving wife, Joyce; his sons, Thomas Benson and Robert (Mary Anne) Benson; his brothers, Lee (Lorraine) Benson and Bill (Carole) Benson; and sisters, Shirley Crouse and Arlene (Jim) Appenheimer. He is also survived by his grandchildren and his many nieces and nephews. Gene was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Clara Benson; daughter, Michelle Benson; and brother, Ed Benson.
A celebration of Gene’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund at http://www.donate.vvmf.org
We love n miss you uncle gene.rip
With deepest sympathy in the loss of Gene. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Floyd and Jean Lane
I’m just one of many missing you. No more late-night cups of coffee while we sit and plot and plan and reminisce and try to figure out the world. You always had my back and I love you for your friendship. We’ll meet again someday, on the other side. Keep the light on for me for me buddy, I’ll be there soon. If possible maybe we’ll have another cup of coffee and pick a tune or two.
“May the good Lord bless and keep you, till we meet again”. Rest in peace my brother!
RIP GENE! Prayers for his family.
I miss you and love you so much dad. Rip. Say hi to mom.
Miss you Pops !
Miss your laugh.
Miss your contagious smile.
Miss your stories.
Miss your company…
R.I.P. I love you…
Thoughts and prayers are with the family
Please accept my deepest condolences on loss of Gene. May the love and strength of your family help you through this difficult time.
Rest In Peace Cousin Gene! I’m sure your singing with the Angels! 🙏🙏🙏
Cheryl Cody Schwartzott
Only knew you for a few years but became friends,,,,,rest in peace ,,,,,
RIP Gene, May God Hold You in The Palm of his Hand. You were a fighter & fought to the end.
Gene, you will never know how much you will be missed and by how many! Your smile was an ever constant! I remember the many conversations about your daughter and mine! Just remember , In My Father’s house are many mansions!! Rest easy and know that Christ is Lord! See ya when I get there! Love you Marine!!
Gene i dont know how im gonna g.j o to the music jam and not fall apart but u wd d ssy
Betty u and ur hubby go assf nd enjoy it as ll
Ill be there w u ok u were are such a courageous
Person i just wish u wd have went to dr or told
Someone here so we could have pudhed u to
Go to o dr.we luv u so much rip my dear yours
Alw as ys betty and bernard nkrrider
You have no idea how much I’ll miss you. I love you so much. I love you Uncle Gene. RIP
Rest easy in honored peace, Marine
Take your tears to God.
I guess it was about a year ago when there was a killer whale named Tlequah that gave birth and new hope for the future of the endangered killer whales. But the calf lived for less than an hour. In a show of grief that was watched by many people around the world, Tlequah pushed her dead calf through the cold Waters of the North Pacific Ocean for 17 straight days before letting go of her.
Sometimes, we as believers in Jesus, have a hard time knowing what to do with grief. Perhaps we fear that our sorrow might look like a lack of hope. But the Bible gives us many examples of humans crying out to God in grief. Lament and hope can both be part of a faithful response.
Lamenting and letting go of a loved one can be one of the hardest things we will ever have to do. My comfort is experienced only when we realize, “Gene is alive and well in the depths of our hearts”.
Demoed Fi Uncle, Semper Fi…🇺🇸
Semper Fi Uncle, Semper Fi…
Thanks for the memories, Gene Benson. And for your beautiful smile. Your kindness will never be forgotten, my friend. Agape.
Have a party for us up there Uncle Gene! We love and miss you every day, and we will never forget that smile of yours. Until we meet again… Rest peacefully
There are not enough words to express the sadness and sorrow in my heart. To know I’ll never see you or hug you again on this earth hurts so bad. The fact that you were always there, laughing and loving all of your family will be something I hold onto forever. Your songs are an echo of what once was the beauty of the music you shared, your smile is embedded in my brain, your love remains in my heart and soul. I miss you so much, but your strength while you were ill shows the undeniable ability to fight to the end. You fought a good fight, you gave it your all. I’m so sad and angry that this virus took you. I’ll never forget you… Ever!!! Please give my love to grandma, grandpa, Michelle, Uncle Ed, Aunt Effie, Aunt Sally and Aunt Carol and don’t forget Bear, I miss him too. Now you’re having a family reunion…. I miss you all, I’ll see you when it’s my turn. Rest in peace Uncle Gene… Till we can meet again, and jam in heaven for a real reunion. I miss you all more than I can ever say.
Rest in peace Mr. Benson. My deepest condolences to Bob,Tom and family
So so many memories will live on you will be missed very much. Rest In Peace and say hello to all of our heavenly loved ones on heaven with you. Love you cousin.
You were such a great man and will be missed by so many. My condolences to the family & friends.
With a very heavy heart I have to say goodbye to a wonderful brother, I will miss most of all you coming in my door with that beautiful smile saying hi sis’s! One of the images I’ll never forget, I miss you terribly! But God had a plan for you The biggest family reunion for you, I can’t wait till I see you all again someday soon
So sorry for your loss. Although I did not know him, I know a few family members who spoke so highly of him. May God bring peace to you all and help you through this loss. God Bless!
Leonard and I wish you and your loved ones “Long Life”! You had a wonderful example in your father. So few have that! Blessings to you all!
Sincerest condolences to all!! Our hearts are heavy during this time! May he rest in peace!
Rest In Peace Gene🙏🏻 Our prayers go out to the Benson family that our Lord will console you during this time of grief. We are very sorry for your loss.
Gene you are missed! R.I.P.
Susan Moriarty May you rest in peace and may the angles surround you and your family.