Carl "Jack" H. Benton |

Carl "Jack" H. Benton

Carl “Jack” H. Benton, of Rifle, Colo., died Thursday, Aug. 8, 2002, at his home. He was 88.

Mr. Benton was born Oct. 24, 1913, in Exira, Iowa, to Edward and Sarah (Hocamp) Benton.

He grew up on the family farm and was raised from the age of seven by his brother Emmett and sister Dot after their parents’ deaths.

As a young man he worked in Dumas, Texas, and in northeast Wyoming until he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1943. He served in World War II in the Pacific Theater as a heavy equipment operator.

After being discharged, he worked for the Burlington Railroad in Casper, Wyo. One of his duties was to unload sheep in the middle of the night.

He married Eunice Nicholas Bortner on March 21, 1948, in Casper.

Mr. Benton worked for 27 years as a clerk at the post office in Casper and retired in 1975.

He and his wife were charter members of Bethel Baptist Church and were active in the church for 45 years until they moved to Rifle in 2000.

Mr. Benton was also a life member of Disabled American Veterans.

In retirement, he and his wife traveled frequently. He volunteered with Meals on Wheels for 22 years. He was an avid fisherman, hunter and enjoyed camping, gardening and the outdoors.

He also had a passion for bluebirds and built many bluebird houses.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Twyla Benton, and by four sisters and seven brothers. He was the last surviving sibling.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Eunice Benton, of Rifle; son David Benton, of Bremerton, Wash.; daughters Kathryn “Kathy” Ziemann, of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Valerie Gayle Sills, of Rifle; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

A funeral was held Aug. 13 in Casper, Wyo., with Pastor Whalen Woodward from Bethel Baptist Church officiating.

Burial was at Wyoming Memorial Gardens in Casper with military honors by the Natrona County United Veterans Council.

Memorial donations may be made to Meals on Wheels, 1760 E. 12th St., Casper, WY 82601.

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