William F. “Bill” Benson was born April 12, 1919, in Dallas, Texas, he grew up from the age of 9 until the
age of 18 at the Corsicana Orphanage Home in Corsicana, where he graduated from high school in 1938. Bill then began his college education.
When World War II broke out, Bill went into the United States Army to serve as a proud member of the 36th
Infantry Division from 1940-1945. He saw action in North Africa, Italy, France Germany and Austria. As a result of those actions, he received numerous awards
and decorations. He continued to keep in contact with members of the 36th Division and enjoyed the camaraderie of those men the rest of his life.
He was also a member of the VFW and the American Legion. Bill married Rozella Vera Richter in 1947. The
family settled in Bellville, where he worked in the oil industry, retiring for Exxon after 30 years.
Bill passed away Saturday, June 4, 2011, at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, at the age of 92.
He leaves behind to cherish his memories, son Richard A. Benson of Prairie View; daughter Becky Benson Meador
and her husband, Larry, of Katy; son Michel Frett and his wife, Josiane, of Rynans, France; grandchildren Brandon Benson, and his wife, Courtney,
Brigham Benson, Lauren Meador, Jacob Meador and his wife, Jill, Josh Meador and his wife, Shelly, John Ginther, and Morgan Frett and her husband, Benjamin;
great grandchildren Landon Benson, Brinley Benson, Grace Meador, Jensen Meador, Madison Meador, Morgan Meador, Simon Pomares, Parker Ginther, and Marcus
Forrest. Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Rozella Richter Benson, parents, and son, Billy Benson.
Funeral service: 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 8, 2011, St. John Lutheran Church, Bellville, Pastor David Henske,
Interment, Oak Knoll Cemetery, Bellville.
Pallbearers, Ronnie Robertson
Jacob Meador, Brandon Benson, Brigham Benson, Anthony D’Aigle, Michael Donahue, Paul Machemehl, Bubba Hluchan.
Honorary pallbearers, Bill Farrell, Larry Richter, Joe Whorton.
Friends who wish may make memorial gifts to the: 36th Division National Association, care of, Tom Dunne,
140-15 169th Street, Jamaica, N.Y/. 11434-5958k, or to the: Boy Scouts of America Troop #36, care of St. John Lutheran Church, 520 North Holland,
Bellville, Texas 77418.
Funeral arrangements under the direction of the Schmidt Funeral Home, P.O. Box 610, 12029, Hwy 36 South,
Bellville,Texas 77418. (979)865-2424 www.schmidtfunerals.com.
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