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Leneard Edwin Benson
Leneard "Sonny" Edwin Benson, son of Silas and Nina (Peterson) Benson, was born in Estherville, Iowa on Jan. 13, 1943. Leneard graduated from Jackson High School with the class of 1961.
Leneard enlisted with the Marine Corp in 1962 and was honorably discharged with a Good Conduct medal and Rifle Sharpshooter badge in 1966.
Leneard continued his education, earning degrees in barbering and appliance repair.
Leneard was married to Ann Marie Douglas in 1969. Together they had one daughter Crystal; this union also gave Leneard a step-daughter, Terri, and step-son, Bret. This marriage was later dissolved.
Leneard lived in the Twin Cities and Jackson areas, where his careers included barbering, owning a Montgomery Wards store and over-the-road trucking.
In 1997, Leneard moved to Las Vegas where he continued to be a truck driver until his retirement. He returned to Minnesota in 2013.
Leneard was known for his dry sense of humor, his opinionated views, his loyalty to the constitution and his fierce love for his daughter Crystal.
He was a member of the NRA, VFW and American Legion.
His enjoyments included crosswords, bowling, horseshoes, crime shows, the Minnesota Vikings, traveling and socializing with family and friends. One of his favorite claims to fame was being named the "fightingest fighter of the region" when he was a boxer in the Golden Glove Boxer league.
Leneard entered the VA Hospital in Sioux Falls on June 18, 2020 and peacefully passed away there on July 1, 2020.
Preceding him in death are his daughter, Crystal; his parents; and his sister, Darlene.
Leneard is survived by his step-daughter, Terri Harvey (Kevin) of Wingate, N.C.; step-son Bret Love (Lisa) of Palestine, Texas; sisters, Pauline Voehl (Harold) of Lakefield and Linda Trondson (Richard) of Jordan; brother-in-law, Daryl Moseng of Sandstone; several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
There will be a gathering to celebrate the life of Leneard hosted by friends at Cottonwood Lake (Tegels Park) Windom in the shelter house on July 19, 2020, from 2 to 4. Social distancing will be practiced.
Please no cards, memorials, flowers or gifts. Instead donate to your local charities, pay it forward, help a neighbor and be kind. The world needs more of that.
Do bring some good stories and your own beverages.
We will have munchies, a few tears and some good laughs. We'll throw in the hand sanitizer too.