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MONTICELLO — Leon A. “Moe” Benson, 93, of Monticello passed away at 1:28 a.m. Wednesday (June 13, 2018) at the Piatt County Nursing Home, Monticello.
Moe was born May 21, 1925, in Piatt County, a son of William and Helen (Ferry) Benson. He married Mary Kay Clodfelter on May 22, 1950, in Arkansas. She died April 24, 1994.
Moe is survived by his children, Mark Benson of Bechtelsville, Pa., Scott “Mojo” Benson of Osmond, Doug Benson of Monticello and Shelley Benson of Granite City; grandchildren, Laura Beth Benson, Kara Kamienski, Kristen Moore, Kaci Lowery, Drew Benson, Rachel Benson, Haley Benson, Jenna Benson, Gage Benson and Emily Benson; great-grandchildren, Rom Anthony, Sophie Kamienski, Addison Barclay, Luke Kamienski, Hayden Strepp, Maxstan Moore, Sutton Lowery, Benjamin Benson and Finnley Lowery; and sisters, Evelyn Suggs of Alabama, Bertice Dresback of Decatur and Barbara Simpson of Hoopeston.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, three brothers and six sisters.
Moe was a concrete and Laborers local worker. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean War. Moe was a tank sergeant at the Battle of Remagen Bridge. He was a member of the American Legion, VFW, Masonic Lodge and the Central Illinois Laborers’ Union.
He enjoyed hunting, racing go-karts and stock cars along with being a lifelong Chicago Cubs and Monticello Sages fan. Most of all, Moe was well known for his love of fishing.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at Mackey-Wright Funeral Home, Monticello. Graveside service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 20, 2018, at the Monticello Township Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to A Small Hand - Piatt County Infant and Diaper Pantry or Piatt County Nursing Home.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www. mackey- wrightfuneralhome. com.
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