Gregory, Bennie

Bennie E. Gregory, 70, of Canandaigua, Mich., died Aug. 23, 2017, at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio.

Bennie was born Dec. 27, 1946, in Barbourville, Ky., the son of William Ernest and Ona Mae (Tuggle) Gregory. He married Beverly McElroy Swain on Nov. 12, 1998, in Toledo, and she survives.

Bennie worked for more than 30 years at Metalloy Corporation in Hudson, retiring in 2003 after the foundry closed. After retirement, he spent many years working at a job he loved with J.M. Auctions. He enjoyed all aspects of the auctioneering business from setup to buying and selling, and everything in between.

When Bennie was younger, he enjoyed hunting, trapping and fishing. He also loved to search for morel mushrooms, frogs and worms.

In addition to his wife, Bennie is survived by daughters Michelle (and William) Harris of Morenci and Jennifer Gregory of Fayette, Ohio; step-sons Brad (and Cathy) McElroy of Adrian, Mich., Darren (and Sondra) McElroy of Tipton, Mich., and Sean McElroy (and Pam Jose) of Clinton, Mich.; sisters Marsha (and Frank) Kramic of Morenci, and Ernestine (and Paul) Wagers of London, Ky.; grandchildren Bethany (and Josh) Winters, Devon Harris and Noah Gregory; great-granddaughter Melody Walter; step-grandchildren Lacey McElroy, Melissa McElroy, Lance Wilson and Tracey Ellis; and step-great-grandchildren Joshua Doucette, Benjamin McElroy and Grace McElroy.

In addition to his parents, Bennie was preceded in death by his siblings, Denver Ray Gregory, Dwayne Gregory and Patricia Gail Bernath.

Funeral services are planned at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, at Eagle Funeral Home in Morenci, with Pastor Darren Lemmon officiating. Visitation is scheduled before the service, beginning at 1 p.m. Burial will take place at a later date in Canandaigua Cemetery.  

Memorial contributions are suggested to a charity of the donor’s choice.