Ronald J. Benschoter, Sr., 78, of Fruitland Park, Fla., and Morenci, Mich., died Aug. 29, 2014, at the University of Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio, following complications from recent aneurism surgery.
He was born Jan. 22, 1936, in Adrian, Mich., to the late Joseph and Sylvia (Jenkins) Benschoter. He married Elaine Simon on Nov. 25, 1995, in Lyons, Ohio, and she survives.
Ron lived his early life in the Onsted and Adrian areas, and served his country as a member of the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He worked for 30 years at American Chain and Cable in Adrian, where he was employed as a quality manager, and retired in 1992. He later worked for five years at Michael Industries in Addison, Mich. He belonged to the Fruitland Park American Legion and Lyons VFW #7574.
Ron and Elaine remodeled several homes in the area until they moved to Florida. They enjoyed winters in Fruitland Park, and spent summers in Morenci, camping and enjoying family. Ron also enjoyed golfing, fishing and playing board games with his special "board-game buddies"—Ted Barnett, Sandy Dunbar, and John and Janice Miller.
In addition to his wife, Ron is survived by a daughter, Cheryl (and William) White of Hudson, Mich.; a son, Ronald J. Benschoter, Jr., of Washington, D.C.; three step-children, Jeff Crowell of Toledo, Robin (and Henry) Scarberry of Avon, Ohio, and John (and Kimberly) Crowell of Suffolk, Va.; 11 grandchildren, Haley (and Nate) Lambright, Will White, Alley White, Scott Crowell, Chelsea Crowell, Michael Crowell, Kylie Scarberry, Nicole Scarberry, Ethan Scarberry, Jacob Crowell and Lance Crowell; three sisters, Lois Dillon of Tecumseh, Mich., Betty (and Roger) Snyder of Adrian, Beverly (and Clyde) Hicks of Ocala, Fla.; and two brothers, Glen (and Joann) Benschoter of Arizona, and Lynn Benschoter of Jasper, Mich.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by three of this brothers, Norm, Lee and Don Benschoter.
A memorial service is planned at 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, at the Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci, with Pastor John Poole officiating. Military interment will follow in Our Lady of Fatima Cemetery near Lyons, with rites conducted by the Fulton County Honor Guard. Visitation is scheduled two hours preceding the service at the funeral home.