William (a.k.a. Bill, Benny, Bench, Benji, Big’n) D. Benschneider passed away peacefully in his home on October 4th surrounded by family. He was born on July 7, 1945 to Donna Jean and William Benschneider in Ft. Wayne, IN. He is preceded in death by his Parents, Brother Mike, Sisters Cindy and Debbie, and his Sons Scott (Angel) and Jeff Benschneider. He left behind his wife of 56 years, Linda, Son Bill (Erika) Benschneider, Daughter Karla (Sam) Gillivan, and Sister Sandy (Don) Wood. He was quite fond of his Grandchildren: Paul, Zach, Austin, Madyson, and Molly.
Bill was active, enjoying the challenge of adventure. He completed 6 marathons and many 10K races; bicycled hundreds of miles through the Midwest; hiked, camped, and rafted in the Grand Canyon; toured on a river cruise in Europe; and basked in the sun at various island destinations. He also loved sports both as a spectator and participant.
Bill worked 41 years for Central Mutual Insurance Company as a Regional Claims Manager. He then retired to Arizona to play golf and soak up the sun. Bill was a big man with a tough exterior and an equally big heart and kind soul. His close friends occasionally referred to him as “Gentle Ben” and his golf buddies as “The King of One Liners”
Bill will be greatly missed by his family and friends. His Memorial Service will be held at Christ Church of the Valley (CCV) Peoria, Arizona campus on November 4th at 2:00pm (AZ Time). In lieu of flowers, we ask that you consider contributing to these organizations that were near and dear to his heart:
His Grandson Austin’s Special Needs Trust through Zelle at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Christ Church of the Valley @ 7007 W. Happy Valley Road, Peoria, AZ. 85383. In the Memo Section please detail: “Special Needs Program”.