Ellsworth Lynn Benning


Zanesville: Ellsworth Lynn Benning, 92, formerly of Springfield Ohio, died at the Cedar Hill Nursing Home in Zanesville on Saturday April 9, 2011 after a long fight with prostate cancer.


Ellsworth, affectionately called Uncle Benny, was born on April 18, 1918 to the late Edward L. Benning and Myrtle Payne in Springfield Ohio.  Benning was married to the late Catherine [Hubbard] Wray for 42 years until her death in September 2002.  He was also previously married to Sophia Austen and Mona Cordell.


Ellsworth participated in the Civilian Conservation Corps from April 19, 1937 through December 1, 1937 where he served in Rockbridge and Pedro, Ohio.  He served in the US Army from June 25, 1941 through February 9, 1945 as a Duty Soldier III and was qualified as a Rifle Marksman.  He last served in Macon Georgia prior to his discharge.  He received the American Defense Service Ribbon and was entitled to a Good Conduct Ribbon.


After discharge from the Army, Ellsworth worked at Wright – Patterson Air Force base in the Flight Research Section as a truck driver for five years.  He was also employed at Kelly Ford Motor Company in Springfield as an auto detailer. He also held employment as a cafeteria worker, material handler, and block layer.  He last worked at Sheer Heart Dry Cleaner in Dayton as a presser and spotter in 1967.  Ellsworth was proudest of completing the Frigidaire training in Rapid Dry Cleaning in 1962 and until recently would show anyone his certificate of completion.


Benning had an interest in homeopathic medicine and natural herbs which he sought help for his physical ailments.  With his caring nature, he was always quick to suggest a nutritional supplement to help his friends. Ellsworth also enjoyed making photographs and loved to practice his skill at weddings.  He also enjoyed baseball and watching golf on TV.


Although they had no children, Uncle Benny and Aunt Catherine had a special place in their hearts for their cat Tommy who is being gratefully cared for by Mark and Sue from Springfield.


Ellsworth was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses on May 1, 1948.  He was previously associated with the West Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Springfield Ohio where he supported his wife in her full-time ministry until her death in 2002.  Ellsworth loved Jehovah and believed in the Bible’s promise of being resurrected back to life on earth in an earthly paradise in the near future (Psalm 37:10, 11).


Ellsworth was preceded in death by his sisters and brother: Esther Coleman; Leroy E. Seldon; and Ruth Elizabeth Jackson all of Springfield; Martha Hernandez from Fresno California; and a niece Judy Melton and nephew Ronald Jackson both formerly of Cedarville, Ohio.  He is survived by nieces Esther L. Ames of Springfield, Elizabeth L. Middendorf of Columbus, George Jackson of Urbana, Esther Jackson of Fort Worth, Texas and Ruth Jackson of Yellow Springs.


A memorial will be held at the West Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Springfield Ohio by Paul Graves on Saturday April 23, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.  Additional information regarding Ellsworth’s resurrection hope can be found at www.watchtower.org.