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1943 Gerald 2002

Gerald D. (Jerry) Benway

February 5, 1943 — May 25, 2002

Gerald D. “Jerry” Benway, 59, a Marshall County resident for 25 years, coming from Vermont, died, following an illness, on Saturday, May 25, 2002. Jerry died at 8:30 p.m. at his residence, 404 Simon St., Plymouth, in the care of his family and the Marshall County Hospice. Born the son of Donald and Pauline Thompson Benway on Feb. 5, 1943, in Hardwick, Vermont, Jerry attended Hardwick Academy. On Nov. 14, 1986, in Plymouth, Margaret A. Vervynckt and Gerald D. Benway were united in marriage. Jerry was a truck driver for 17 years and then a fork lift driver for the Lear Corp., Bourbon, Ind. He loved driving truck and traveling over the road. He was an avid cribbage player and enjoyed gardening, especially the growing of flowers. A member of the Plymouth Moose and Eagles’ Lodges, Jerry was a parishioner of St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church. He is survived by his wife and their three children, all of Plymouth . The daughters are: Rebecca S., and Melissa L. Benway. His son is Joshua D. Benway. A sister, Jane A. and Ralph Devenger, Hardwick , Vt. , and a brother, Robert C. and Wendy Benway, Cavot , Vt. , also survive, together with a special niece, Cori Devenger. August Vervynckt, Jerry’s father-in-law, of Plymouth, and several uncles, nephews, brother and sisters-in-law, survive as well. He was preceded in death by his parents. Visitation with the family will be held on Monday, May 27, 2002, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan St., Plymouth. A rosary will be said at 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held for Jerry at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 28, 2002, in St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church, 625 N. Center St., Plymouth. Father Anthony Gillespie, pastor of St. Michael’s Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Hardwick, Vt. Memorial gifts in Jerry’s memory may be made to the Marshall County Hospice.
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