Harold Benskin

Born: Sun., Sep. 30, 1928
Died: Tue., Jan. 5, 2021


11:00 AM to 2:00 PM, Fri., Jan. 08, 2021
Location: Frist Funeral Home

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Fri., Jan. 08, 2021
Location: Frist Funeral Home

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Harold Benskin, 92, of Clinton, ended his watch on January 5, 2021.
He was born in Mecca, IN on September 30, 1928, to Walter and Miranda Hastings Benskin.  He was the sixth of seven children.
He was preceded in death by his parents and all six of his siblings, Mary, Margaret, Herschel, Forrest, Clyde, and Herb.
Times were tough growing up in the depression, so he quit school at a young age to work the farm.  In 1945 he started working for Superior Tree service at age 17.   In 1949 he went to Purdue School of Forrestry for supervisor training and began work for N. G. Gilbert Tree Service which later became Townsend Tree Service, for which he worked for 50 years until his retirement.  Many men worked for him over the years.  If you needed a job, go see Harold.
He joined the Fairview Fire Department in 1958 with his father who drove the fire truck.  In 1964 he was elected Fire Chief and he remained Chief for 33 consecutive years until 1997.  He was a 50 year member of the Indiana Volunteer Firemen’s Association.  He loved the fire department and his firemen’s family.
He was a true community servant and was a civil defense officer, and a Vermillion County Reserve Deputy Sheriff for many years.
He never met a stranger.  He loved people, animals, and John Wayne.  The family joke is “he’s watching John again—he’s never seen that one before.”  He loved camping and fishing.  He was a member of the Wayside Methodist Church.
He is survived by his loving wife, Barbara, whom he would have been married to in February, for 70 years.  He also is survived by 3 sons, Dennis (Jennifer) of Marango, IN, Harold Dusty (Janice) of Mecca, and Randy (Tammy) of Clinton; 1 daughter Annette (Bill) Cottrell of Clinton; 18 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; 7 great-great-grandchildren with 1 on the way; several nieces and nephews; and his 4-legged kids, Keyonny and Meow-Meow “the damn old alley cat.”
Visitation will be on Friday, January 8, 2021 from 11 am to 2 pm at Frist Funeral Home.  The funeral service will follow at 2 pm at the funeral home with Celebrant Marta Adubato officiating.  Burial will follow at Walnut Grove Cemetery.
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Sherry Zimmerman
   Posted Wed January 06, 2021
Annette so very sorry for the loss of your dad. I know you loved him dearly and he was a big part of your life. He’s in a better place and someday you’ll be together again. Prayers for all of you. 💕🙏

Teresa Benskin Spellings
   Posted Wed January 06, 2021
One of the most loving, kind and caring men I have ever known. I cannot begin to tell you how heartbroken I am at his passing. My memories of my time spent with my Indians family is priceless. I have been very blessed to call him my Uncle. I will forever miss him. I pray for my Aunt Barbara, my cousins Annette, Denny, Dusty, Randy and Kenda, Kevin and all of his grandkids. May God give you strength and may he wrap his arms around you all. This world is a better place because he was in it. Love you Uncle Harold. May you Rest knowing that your life meant so much to so many. Teresa Benskin Spellings

Barbara McMullen
   Posted Wed January 06, 2021
So sorry for your loss. I met Harold while I worked for PSI/Cinergy. He was a very nice man and I enjoyed knowing him.

Jim craft
   Posted Wed January 06, 2021
You will be missed. You were like a dad to me growing up and then my fire chief .i served as your assistany chief for a while. For 17 years, you were my mentor in the fire service. Heaet felt goodbye

Curtis Skaggs
   Posted Wed January 06, 2021

Medium Dish Garden was sent by Dianna .

Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs. I am so sorry for your loss. We are here for you during these difficult times, whether a you need a shoulder to cry on or someone to talk to. Love you Dianna & Curt ❤️

Mike Kennedy
   Posted Wed January 06, 2021
So sorry for your loss. Growing up in Fairview, I knew Mr. Benskin and his family, having gone to Fairview Elementary with Dennis and Dusty. Mr. Benskin was always a good guy and a character. R.I.P.

Rusty Michael
   Posted Fri January 08, 2021
So sorry for your loss!

   Posted Fri January 08, 2021
Harold was such a great man. He was always so funny and kind. My heart breaks for all of you, but I hope you find peace and comfort in the great memories.

Penny Minks-Kite
   Posted Fri January 08, 2021
Annette, Dennis, Dusty, Barbara, and All the family; I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad, husband, Grandfather, and Uncle. I grew up in Sandytown and used to, on occaision go with my Brother there to play, I remember Barbara was canning pickles, and gave us a sample. Harold must have been at work, when we were there. Treasure your memories and let them soothe your aching hearts. Love and Prayers, Penny

Debbie Kuykendalll
   Posted Sat January 09, 2021
Keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers to your family during this difficult time. Harold was always so kind and friendly. His dedication to his community will not be forgotten. May you continue to feel God near your family now and always.

Bruce and Marcia Stengel
   Posted Fri January 22, 2021
So sorry for your loss. Our Sincere Sympathy. Bruce and Marcia Stengel

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