Riverside, California — Son of Clayton and Freda Benner passed away on December 21, 2012. He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Jane A. Surrette-Benner, in 2008. He is survived by his four children, Richard C. Benner of Tuolumne, California, Robin J. Cara of Kelseyville, California, Dwight H. Benner of Riverside, California, and Todd B. Benner of Riverside, California. In addition, he is survived by 18 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his four sisters, a brother, and a sister-in-law. They are Barbara Benner of Salem, Betty Shawcross, Margaret Benner (all of Salem, New Hampshire), Eleanor Childs, Windham, New Hampshire, Freda LaRoche, Highland, New York, and George Benner of Cape Fair, Missouri.
Harold was born on January 3, 1925, in Portland, Maine. He spent four years in the Army Air Force. He was a WWII Veteran. He served as a ground crew chief, spending one year in Germany during the occupation. He attended the East Coast Aero Technical School and spent twelve years as a Department of Defense civilian airplane mechanic serving concurrently as an Air Force Reservist. He was activated in 1960 for the Cuban Missile Crisis. He transferred within the DoD to become a Quality Assurance Specialist inspecting contractor parts during the Vietnam War and NASA space missions. He received recognition from NASA for his contribution to the space program. After more than 30 years of federal service, Harold retired in 1987. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Elks Lodge. He enjoyed Las Vegas and playing bingo. He loved his family and spent a lot of time with his grandchildren. He was a loving husband, caring father and grandfather, and appreciated brother. “All my love, all my life.”
ARRANGEMENTS: Services were held on January 2, 2013, at Pierce Brothers Crestlawn Mortuary in Riverside, California. His final resting place is the Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, California.