Roy Jennings Benner, Sr., 80, passed away on Wednesday, February 12, 2014, at his home in Hoquiam, Washington. He was born on October 12, 1933, in Hoquiam, to Roy Americus and Marjorie Marie (Jameson) Benner.
He grew up in Hoquiam and graduated from Hoquiam High School in 1952. He worked in construction and then joined the US Air Force in February of 1953, and was honorably discharged in 1957. He came back to Hoquiam and worked for awhile.
Roy was married to Janice Espedal on December 15, 1978.
He then went down to San Diego, California to work. After a couple of years he made up his mind that he wanted his children to grow up in a small town with a good school system. So he came back to Hoquiam and got a job at the Grays Harbor Paper Mill in September of 1961. He worked there until 1998 when he retired.
His wife, Janice was the love of his life; they liked to dance and would go whenever they could. They also enjoyed going out of town to restaurants friends told them about. They liked Reno and went there two and sometime three times a year. They also enjoyed taking walks, talking about the good times they had and the people they met.
Roy belonged to the American Legion Post #0110, the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #24, the Hoquiam V.F.W. Post #1135 and the Hoquiam Elks Lodge #1082.
He came out of retirement, to work for Twin County Security from 2000 to 2008. In July of 2008, he found out his wife had cancer and he retired again so he could be with her all of the time. They liked going to the Quinault Beach Casino and enjoyed going out for dinner two and three times a week. His wife, Janice passed away on New Years Eve of 2010. Roy missed her so much, but, now they are together again.
Roy is survived by his sons, Roy Benner, Jr. (Jan) of Vancouver, Larry Benner of Hoquiam, Dwayne Benner (Bobbi) of Hoquiam, Dale Benner (Nancy) of Cosmopolis; his step-daughters, Ruth Pierce (Dave) of Olympia, Trudi Fox of Grants Pass, Oregon; his brother, John Benner of Pahrump, Nevada; his step-brothers, Richard Fogo (Sandy) of Hillsboro, Oregon; Bill Fogo (Blondie) of Hoquiam and John Fogo of Shelton; eight grandchildren; one great grandson; numerous nieces; nephews and other relatives.
Roy was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; his brother, Norman Benner and Norman’s wife, Marge; his step-father, Bill “Pop” Fogo; and step-brother, Bud Fogo.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Friday, February, 14, 2014, at the Coleman Mortuary, 422 - 5th Street in Hoquiam.
A graveside service and interment will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, February 15, 2014, at the Sunset Memorial Park in Hoquiam with Rev. Kenneth Middleton officiating.
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