Ronald E. Benson, 78

Ronald Eugene Benson, 78, passed away in Jacksonville, Arkansas on June 9, 2013, near his home. Funeral services were held Thursday, June 13 at Trinity Lutheran Church in North Little Rock, Ark. Burial with full military honors was held at Chapel Hill Memorial Park in Jacksonville, Ark.

Ronald was born Sept. 13, 1934, in Marshalltown, the son of Oliver and Elsie Bender Benson. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving during the Vietnam War.

Ronald is survived by two sons, Curt Benson, of Sweet Springs, Mo., and Keith Benson, of Jacksonville; a daughter, Dr. Ronda Benson Ford, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; two sisters, Dorothy Peterson, of Marshalltown, and Mary Kunkel, of Davenport; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Jean Benson on April 3, 2000.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Trinity Lutheran Church, 3802 N. Olive St., in North Little Rock, Ark., and the Arkansas Hospice Foundation, 14 Parkstone Circle, North Little Rock, AR 72116.