Forrest Benner Jr.
March 27, 1927 ‒ May 30, 2017
MANSFIELD: A joyful heart, a creative mind and a knack for cooking – Forrest Benner was a man who loved to have fun as evident in his big smile. Remembered for his strong work ethic, Forrest Benner Jr passed away Tuesday morning, May 30, 2017 in his Mansfield home. He was 90 years old.
Born on March 27, 1927 in Fremont, Ohio to Forrest G and Freda (Sandrock) Benner, Forrest was a graduate of Fremont Ross High School in 1945 and earned his Bachelor’s degree from the school of Engineering in 1952 from Kent State University where he also competed on the Golden Flashes intercollegiate swim team.
A World War II veteran, his service in the Navy included service aboard the USS APC 33, a small coastal transport, and the USS Burleigh APA-95, a Bayfield-class attack transport ship. He was honorably discharged in September of 1950 as Machinist’s Mate Petty Officer 3rd Class.
Forrest enjoyed a long and successful career working in sales and operations for companies such as Rubbermaid, Delta Industries and Midwest Sales Co. Ever the entrepreneur, Forrest started his own successful Custom Closets company in Mansfield. He also served as General Contractor to several homes he had built over his lifetime.
His passions included boating, grilling and woodworking. Forrest owned a freestanding wood shop at his property on Hanley Rd that would make many men envious. Over the years, Forrest designed and built custom furniture, lamps and even toys for his grandchildren. He could spend hours in his woodshop with his faithful dog Rosebud – a Lab/ Dalmatian mutt by his side. He was a member of the American Legion Post #535, Bellville and attended Crossroads Community Church in Mansfield.
Forrest is survived by his wife Cheryl, whom he married on January 3, 1992; children David Benner of Akron, Heidi (Dennis) Nau of Tewksbury, NJ, Darryl (Karla Anich) Benner of Wadsworth; son-in-law Bill Doyle of Lincoln, Ne; stepchildren Christy (Jim) Brink of Saluda, NC and Chad (Cyndi) Stigall of Mansfield; grandchildren Jennifer (Phillip) Seamans, Katie Doyle, Robin Doyle, Justin (Maranda) Benner, Christopher (fiancée Caitlin Hall) Benner, Kelly Nau, Eric Nau, Leah Nau, and Lauren (Lee) Sandoval, Olivia Benner, Alex Farrell, Parker Stigall, Cooper Stigall and Hudson Stigall.
He was preceded in death by his daughter Wendy Grace Doyle, sister Violet Damschroder, and step-siblings Donald Schneider and Alberta Schneider.
A graveside memorial service with military honors will be held Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 2:30 PM at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman.
The Benner children would like to add a special mention of thanks and gratitude to Cheryl Benner for taking such good care of their father during his lengthy illnesses and declining years. Contributions in his memory may be made to OhioHealth Hospice, 335 Glessner Avenue, Mansfield, Ohio 44903.
The Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, Mansfield, is honored to serve the Benner family. Send them a message of sympathy online at: SnyderFuneralHomes.com.
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