The descendant of one of Gig Harbor’s founding families and life-long resident, on January 8, 2018, Earl Benson (85 years old but as young at heart as a man in his twenties) had a glorious and long-awaited reunion with his Lord and Savior, and his loved ones who went before him.
Earl was a son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle, and cousin; elder and Sunday School teacher and choir member for many years at Rosedale Reformed Bible Church; a Korean War Army veteran; member of Toastmasters; and an avid outdoorsman, fisherman, clam and geoduck digger. It was said that Earl knew every plant, animal and tree native to the Pacific Northwest.
Before retiring, Earl started as a ten-day temporary hire with the Pierce County Road Department, and the boss told him to “just keep coming back” until one day thirty years later, Earl found himself a County Supervisor, from which position he retired. After his retirement, Earl and his devoted wife, Beverly, to whom he was married for more than 64 years, spent many seasons doing camp ground hosting at Ocean City State Park.
Earl was also known as one of the most kind-hearted, generous, and giving people in the world. He was well known for working on automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, boats, and anything with an engine for friends and family, in addition to many others who were not known to him until their time of need.
Earl is survived by his loving and beautiful wife, Beverly; his children Susan Enders, Linda Worthy (Charles Worthy), John Benson (Pamela), and Douglas Benson (Kathi); grandchildren Shaun Enders (Genia), Josh Enders (Elisa), Barry Enders, Jay Benson (Christy), Sarah Morris, Robert Benson, and Alex Benson; 8 great grandchildren, and his brother Loren Benson.
Memorial services will be held for Earl on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at Rosedale Reformed Bible Church at 2:00 pm. Everyone whose life has been touched by Earl is invited to share their memories at that time.