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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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
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.