Conita Benton


Conita “Connie” Benton, 84, of Seymour, IN, passed away at 1:55 p.m., peacefully, surrounded by her family, on Thursday, October 20, 2016, at her home.

Connie was a homemaker. She was a founding member of the Seymour FOE No. 655 Auxiliary and a member of the American Legion, VFW, Moose and Daughters of the American Revolution. She was a bowler for over 50 years and a member of the Seymour Women’s Bowling Hall of Fame. Connie had traveled across the U.S. to participate in several national bowling tournaments.

Connie was born in Salem, IN, on March 7, 1932, to the late John Wingler and Francis Hattabaugh Wingler. She married Oscar Benton Jr. on August 4, 1951, and he preceded her in death in 1995.

Survivor’s include her children, Alivia Dockery, JoElla (Herbert) Small, Timothy (Kurt Mason) Benton and Kevin (Cathy) Benton; her grandchildren, Jeanie (Jim) Lee, Jeremiah Small, Tim (Jeanna) Small, Nick Small, Jessica Benton and Noah Benton; great-grandchildren, Shelby and Kelsey Lee, Lilly Small, Sawyer Small and Jada Foster. Also surviving is her brother, Avis (Shirley) Wingler, and a brother-in-law, Kenneth (Nancy) Benton. In addition, she is survived by several nieces and nephews.

Connie was preceded in death by her siblings, Ernest, Roscoe (Audry) Wingler, Ruby (Ken) Scherer, Redith (Kermit) Burns and Maysel (Wayne) Martin.

Connie was very proud of her family’s patriotic legacy. Her father, John, fought during World War I; her brother Ernest, fought in World War II and the Korean War; her brother, Roscoe, also fought in World War II; and her brother, Avis, served three tours in Vietnam.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, October 24, at Johnson Funeral Home in Vallonia, with Chris Criminger officiating. Friends may call from 9 a.m. until time of service Monday. Burial will take place in the Benton Family section of Fairview Cemetery in Brownstown.

Memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s choice of charities.

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