A memorial service was held Saturday, Sept. 7, at Parrott and Ramsey Funeral Home in Campbellsville, Ky.
Mr. Benz was born in March 1931 in Park Falls, a son of the late Carl and Marcella (Altman) Benz. He grew up in nearby Butternut and attended Park Falls High School.
He graduated from UWSP with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education.
Shortly after graduation he was drafted to serve two years in the U.S. Army on the edge of the newly created Korean demilitarized zone.
Following his honorable discharge, he obtained a master’s degree in education from Peabody College (now part of Vanderbilt University) in Nashville, Tenn., where he also completed his doctorate.
He was married to Mary Lynn Phillips in Phoenix, Ariz., in 1956.
Upon completion of their graduate studies in Nashville, they had teaching positions in New Orleans, Colorado, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.
In 1966, he accepted a professorship at UWSP, where he would specialize in training future reading specialists and teachers. He served a term as president of the Wisconsin State Reading Association (WSRA) and later as the organization’s state coordinator while continuing to teach at UWSP until his retirement in 1993.
Some years after retiring, he and his wife relocated to Westfield, Ind. They moved again last year to her ancestral home of Kentucky to be close to the family.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Lynn; three sons, Steven, David and Tom; and two grandchildren.