Kenneth “Kenny” W. Benson age 74 of Middleboro, MA died Monday, March 1, 2021 at his home in Middleboro after a long period of failing health. He was the devoted husband of the late Jacquelin (Grose) Benson and the loving father of the late Brenda (Benson) Redpath.Born on Wednesday, October 20, 1946, he was the son of the late Raymond W. and Arleen (Tibbetts) Benson, both formerly of Middleboro, MA.
Kenny was a lifetime resident of Middleboro and a 1967 graduate of Middleboro High School. He was also a decorated combat veteran of the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division, serving in Vietnam. As a combat veteran, Kenny was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, and the Bronze Star. A Journeyman Electrician at the IBEW Local 223 in Lakeville, Kenny was involved in the construction of several notable projects, including Braintree Plaza, the new Boston Garden, Pilgrim Nuclear Power station, and Gillette Stadium. He also worked as a firefighter driving a tanker truck in the Freetown State Forest. Kenny greatly enjoyed classic western movies and television programs. He was an avid NASCAR and John Wayne fan, and loved cooking meals for his family, gardening and bird watching.
Kenny is survived by his son-in-law Scott Redpath and daughters, Bridget Redpath and Meghan Redpath of Lakeville. His siblings, Terry Benson of Middleboro MA, Judy (Benson) Erickson and her husband Robert of Dalton NH, Tracy (Benson) Opalinski and her husband Paul of Ware MA, Wendy (Benson) Tabella Ellsworth of Columbus OH. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Kenny was predeceased by his sister Sally (Benson) Parker formerly of Alexandria, VA.
Visitation will be held on Friday, March 12, 2021 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm at the Dahlborg-MacNevin Funeral Home, 280 Bedford Street, Lakeville, MA. A memorial service for Kenny will take place on Saturday, March 13, 2021, at 10:00 am at the funeral home with interment immediately following at Sampson cemetery on Bedford St. in Lakeville. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his honor to the New England Center and Home for Veterans in Boston. www.nechv.org/donations/tribute-giving/
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