Hank Benton, 88

Korean War veteran, Alaskan fisherman

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Henry (Hank) W. Benton, 88, died peacefully on Saturday, April 7, 2018 in Chicago. Born on Feb. 18, 1930 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, he was the youngest son of Van Hook Craig "Van" Benton and Ethel (Elliott) Benton. He was a graduate of Shattuck-St. Mary's High School in Faribault, Minnesota and attended the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. A proud veteran of the U.S. Army, he served his country in the Korean War. 

After the war, he lived in Juneau, Alaska and worked for many years in the fishing industry. For over 35 years, Hank was active in the local chapter of the Knights of Columbus and served in various leadership capacities, earning the distinctions of Fourth Degree and Honorary Life Member. In retirement, he was an active volunteer with the St. Vincent de Paul Society in Juneau. He enjoyed family gatherings, making his special food dishes (jalapeño poppers, pizza and "hot" pasta), and westerns. 

In 2015, he relocated to Oak Park where his eldest daughter, Sarah Arnett and her family reside, and lived at Brookdale Senior Living since that time. He will be fondly remembered for his easy-going, gentle and loving way with his family and other loved ones. 

Hank Benton was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Elliott and Van. He is survived by his sister, Patricia Benton; his daughters Sarah (Allen) Arnett and Jennifer (Brandon) Bell; his identical twin sons, Craig (Phebby) Benton and Matthew (Kimberly) Benton; and his nine grandchildren. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations made in his name to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, 8617 Teal St., Juneau, AK 99801.

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