TALLMADGE Ray E. Benson, Jr., 84 went home to be with the Lord on June 11, 2017.
Ray was born in Clarksburg, WV to Ray E. Benson, Sr. and Mary Louise Benson. He was a resident of Tallmadge since 1966, a U.S. Army veteran, serving as a medic, and a member of The Chapel since 1972, where he was active in the Prime Time ABF. Ray graduated from East High School in 1951, attended Westminster College, and was a graduate of the University of Akron. He also completed training as a CMR (Certified Medical Representative). Ray served on the board of Chapel Hill Christian School, where he was also Business Manager for ten years. He was a founding board member of CVCA. Ray loved his Lord and spent many years dedicated to Christian education so other children and their families would come to know Christ. In 1995, Ray retired from Glaxo Wellcome after a longtime career in pharmaceutical sales. Ray enjoyed camping, traveling, and being a father and grandfather.
Ray was the loving and devoted husband of his wife of 58 years, Jean. He is also survived by his daughter Brenda (David) Harstine; sons Ray E. III (Sheila), Dave (Dee); grandchildren Joshua and Jonathan Harstine; Kayleigh, Annalisa, and Ray E. Benson IV; Bethany and Tiffany Benson; brothers William (Wilma); Charles (Beverly); sister-in-law Sue(Bruce)Smith; and many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the staff at Altercare Post-Acute Rehab Center of Brimfield and Harbor Light Hospice for their loving and compassionate care of Ray.
Visitation was held at Redmon Funeral Home and the funeral service was held at The Chapel in Akron. Burial Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Camp Carl, 8054 Calvin Road, Ravenna 44266 or Chapel Hill Christian School, 1639 Killian Road, Akron 44312.
(Redmon Funeral Home 330-688-6631 TE 6-25-17)