Norman Harold Benson, 83, Ripon, a former Portage County resident and father of a Stevens Point woman, died Monday, April 30, 2001, at Rolling Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation in Fond du Lac.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Immanuel United Methodist Church in Ripon, with Pastor David A. Busker officiating. Interment will be in Concordia Lutheran Cemetery in Rosholt.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Butzin-Marchant Funeral Home in Ripon. A Masonic Service will be held at 7:30 p.m.
Memorials in his name may be made to Shriners Hospitals (orthopedic and burn care for children), Zor Temple, 575 Zor Shriners Place, Madison, WI 53719.
Mr. Benson was born Aug. 27, 1917, in Wittenberg, a son of the late Halvor and Rasmina (Hansen) Benson. He received his schooling in Rosholt.
He graduated from Central State Teachers College (now the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point).
He was married to Joyce Sullivan in Stevens Point on Aug. 10, 1940.
He was a principal at State Graded School in Aniwa and a teacher at Birnamwood.
He worked in the metallurgical lab at J.I. Case Co. in Racine and for a few years as general agent for Mutual Trust Life Insurance Co. of Chicago.
He purchased Western Auto in Ripon with his nephew, Phil Burgeson, in 1951. When he retired in 1988, the store was called Hardware Hank.
He was a member of Immanuel United Methodist Church in Ripon, Prairie View Masonic Lodge 95 and served as Worshipful Master and Counselor, Zor Shrine-Madison-Mascoutin Shrine Club of Berlin and Sons of Norway in Appleton.
Survivors include his wife, Ripon; two daughters, Karen (Robert) Johnson, Stevens Point, and Linda (Steve) Schneider, Onalaska; one son, John (Marlessa), Appleton, seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by three brothers, James, Maurice and Arnold; five sisters, Edna Gullikson, Hilda Burgeson, Esther Hattchet, Florence Halverson and Norma Benson; and one granddaughter.