Burton Benjamin, Jr.
Burton Benjamin, Jr., 65, formerly of Sugar Run, PA passed away Friday afternoon, March 9, 2012 at the Highlands Care Center in LaPorte following an extended illness. Born on June 27, 1946 in Monroeton, he was the son of Burton Benjamin, Sr. and Jennie Johnson Benjamin. He was a veteran of the Viet Nam War, having served in the U.S. Army.
He was formerly employed by McCarty’s Garage in Wyalusing and by Don Strope’s Garage in North Towanda. Burton later owned and operated his gas station and garage in New Albany and a trucking and logging business for a number of years until his health declined in 1985.
He was a member of the Hollenback United Methodist Church and Wyalusing American Legion Post No. 534.
He enjoyed the outdoors, working on farms, hunting, fishing and caring for his dogs. He was a NASCAR driver at Shangri-La Speedway in Owego, NY for a number of years.
Surviving are his children, David L. Benjamin (Cindy Vanderpool) of Gillett, Melissa L. Smith (Frank Armitage) of Wyalusing, Matthew B. Benjamin of Orlando, FL; grandchildren, Ashley Benjamin, Tamra Benjamin, Brad Benjamin, Allyson Smith, Drayton Smith, Mikayla Smith and Mason Smith; great-grandson, William Smith; siblings, Thelma (Carson) Packard, Marion Northrup, Nettie Brown, Kenneth Benjamin, Richard (Lola) Benjamin, Frank (Liza) Benjamin, Leonard “Benny” Benjamin, Charles (Dawn) Benjamin, Walter “Beetle” Benjamin; his former spouse, Evelyn Crawford Benjamin of Sugar Run; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by siblings, Leo Benjamin, Burton Benjamin, Clara Kinner,
Alice Northrup, Helen Waldorf and Nellie Mills,
The funeral service was held Wednesday, March 14 at 1 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda. Interment was in the Kellogg Cemetery, Monroe Twp., with Towanda American Legion Post No. 42 according full military honors. The family received friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
The family provided their own flowers and requests that contributions be directed to the Bradford County Humane Society, PO Box 179, Ulster, PA 18850 in Burton Benjamin, Jr.’s memory.