Obituary: Karl-Eric Benson

A Swedish immigrant, Benson lived in Schaumburg, IL for many years, and enjoyed his retirement in Whitefish Bay near family.

Karl-Eric Benson, age 71, passed away suddenly on August 21, 2012 surrounded by his loving family.

He is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 52 years, Sonya Maria Benson (nee Johanson). Children – Karl Benson (Marie Dwyer), Lisa Benson, Sandy Murphy (Alan). Grandchildren – Harrison, Britt-Marie, Emma-Lisa, Olivia, Tucker, Will, Maggie, and Ebbie. Siblings – Stig Benson (Ingrid), Gösta Bengtsson (Tora), Irma Nilsson (late Nils-Gunnar), Vera Komala (John), Brita Bendz (Eril), and Lennart Bengtsson (Rita).

Karl-Eric’s life was full and rich with love, relationship, and good cheer. An immigrant at the young age of 16, he traveled from the family farm in his homeland Sweden to pursue the American Dream. A hard working employee of general contractor Ragnar Benson, Inc. for 46 years, Karl-Eric also found a true passion of serving others, grilling, and cooking. He lived in Schaumburg, IL for many years, and enjoyed his retirement in Whitefish Bay, WI near family.

Karl-Eric touched the lives of many people, his kind and gentle manner were instant attractions and his wit and charm cinched the deal. He leaves a spiritual, connected, and loving family….a testimony to a life well-lived. We all loved him dearly, and we will hold him in our hearts and joyfully look to the moment when we will all be together again.

“A Celebration of Life” will be held at Fox Point Lutheran Church 7510 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Fox Point, WI 53217 on Saturday, September 1st at 1:00pm, followed by a reception. Friends may greet the family from 11:30am to 1:00pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Fox Point Lutheran Church would be appreciated for the Dairy Goat Project, providing dairy goats to Tanzania villages for milk & nourishment, a gift that keeps on giving.

Obituary provided courtesy of Feerick Funeral Home


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