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Richard Benson 10/18/2022

Richard W. Benson was born to Gladys & Rudy Benson on August 26th, 1933 in Glenwood City, WI. He graduated from Glenwood City High School and entered the Army for a 2-year term as a telegraph operator in Alaska. After the Army, he went to work as a telegraph operator for the Soo Line Railroad. His favorite job by far. He then married the love of his life, Marna Tiller. They moved to St. Paul to start their life together shortly after the birth of their first child, Patti. Together they bought their first house in Oakdale, Minnesota. Shortly after that, they added 3 sons, Dan, Bill, and David to the group. Dick was an avid country western fan. He had a passion for fishing, camping, hunting, gardening, and reading. He could also build anything you could possibly want or need. He was a Cub Scout and Webelo leader for many years, sharing his talents and knowledge. He received his Eagle Scout during high school. After retirement he built a new home in Somerset, WI. Unfortunately, Marna passed away 3 months after moving in, but Dick found enough to do by gardening and “farming”. His happy upbeat personality attracted new friends. Although he did some traveling after retirement, his favorite place was home. Our dad was preceded in death by wife Marna; brother, Roger; his parents, aunts, uncles and several dear friends, as well as all of his many Weimaraners. He is survived by daughter, Patti (Sattler); sons, Dan (Dianne), Bill (Colleen) and David (Melanee); 8 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren. A Funeral Service was held on Monday, October 24, 2022 at 12 noon at Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services 728 S Knowles Avenue New Richmond, WI and streamed live through the link just below this obituary.  Visitation was also on Monday from 10:30 am – 12 noon at the funeral home.  Interment was in the Glenwood City Cemetery in Glenwood City, WI.   Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.

Click here to watch the recording of Richard’s service



  • Ila Gillis Posted October 19, 2022 2:13 pm

    Another classmate is gone

  • Dave Benson Posted October 20, 2022 8:11 pm

    PaPa, its me, I hope your journey is blessed and enjoy your eternity with mom, I look foreward to seeing you again. I Love You

  • William Benson Posted October 21, 2022 10:54 am

    My pillar will always be you, when I walk the woods or am on the water,you will always be with me, you have let me walk on my own while helping me stand after a fall,you made my life so much easier than it really is, I’ll see you soon, i love you with all i am,Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.

  • Scott Benson Posted October 21, 2022 2:31 pm

    Take care cousin. Greet everyone for me. I know Marna, Roger, and your mom and dad were all glad to see your smiling face again.

  • Becky Jacobs Posted October 21, 2022 7:10 pm

    Thanku for being the best uncle! You will be missed by many but ur in a better place doing the work for God. I’m guessing ur a carpenter!
    All our love Becky Jacobs and family

  • Bob Benson Posted October 22, 2022 2:48 pm

    Thank you for being the best Uncle a young man could ask for! Your lessons on hunting and fishing were the best…things I’ve passed on to my son! Family reunions and holidays were always a favorite and will be memories forever!

  • Sarah Williams Posted October 23, 2022 6:35 pm

    We Love you so much Papa. Your wisdom, lessons and blue eyes will live on forever through your legacy, your Family. We were all so lucky to have you. You and Granny lived the true American Dream. I’m Proud to call you Papa and will miss you so much. Until we meet again Papa. Love,Sarah

  • Debbie Clement McGill Posted October 23, 2022 7:37 pm

    Patti, I feel blessed to have met your Dad a few times. He always impressed me as so kind and generous with the many gifts he had. God Bless during this time of grief and sorrow. You have many wonderful memories of a terrific father. I can see it in all the photos. These will sustain you in the days and weeks to come. Love always!

  • Jessica Jarchow Posted October 24, 2022 2:12 pm

    Thank you for all of the laughs Richard. You’re going to be missed around our house! I have so many memories of you and your family that make me smile and I’m so grateful I got to be a tiny part of his life. My heart goes out to your family right now. What a great man, with a personality that just pulled people in. See you on the other side!

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