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Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home
Sunday May 1st, 2022
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Robert D. Benson

Robert D. Benson “local businessman”

SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa.---Robert D. “Bob” Benson, 94 of Shinglehouse, passed away with his loving family by his side on Thursday, April 28, 2022, in Cuba Memorial Hospital Palliative Care Unit, Cuba, N.Y.

Born on Sunday, December 11, 1927 in Olean, N.Y., he was a son of Harold P. and Ethel DeGroff Benson. On November 6, 1976 in Shinglehouse, he married Vickie L. Nolan, who survives.

Bob attended Bolivar High School. He quit school at the age of 17 to join the Merchant Marines, serving during World War II. He was then drafted into the US Army, serving honorably during the Korean Conflict.

Bob was employed for many years for Joyce Western in Andover, N.Y. as a superintendent, before beginning a long career as an independent oil and gas producer. He worked steadily through his last year of life.

Bob attended the First Baptist Church in Shinglehouse. He was a continuous 70 plus year member of the Shinglehouse American Legion Post 530,, and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a longtime member and had served on the Board of Directors of the New York State Oil Producers Association. He was a member of Sharon Lodge #598 F. & A.M. in Shinglehouse, a member of the Coudersport Consistory, and a member of the Ismailia Shrine in Buffalo. He enjoyed stock car racing. He loved his family and friends.

Surviving besides his wife are three sons, Don Benson of Allegany, N.Y., Brock R. (Shanna) Benson of Bradford, and Brice N. (Katie) Benson of Kane; two daughters, Cheryl L. Cradduck of New London, NC and Karen B. (Gary) Milliman of Haines City, Florida; a daughter-in-law, Lucy A. Benson of Allegany, N.Y.; fifteen grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a brother, Leonard (Nancy) Benson of West Palm Beach, Florida; many nieces and nephews; and many friends, including his closest friend, James Reynolds of Shinglehouse.

In addition to his parents, Bob was predeceased by a daughter, Diane L. Benson-Bundy; a granddaughter, Amanda Cradduck; three brothers, Larry Benson, Glenn Benson, and Donovan Benson; and a sister, Shirley Pounds.

Family and friends may call from 2pm to 4pm and 6pm to 8pm on Sunday at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse. Funeral services will be held at 11am on Monday, May 2, 2022, at the First Baptist Church, Academy Street, Shinglehouse with Pastor Clint Pearsall, officiating.

Burial will be in the Myrtle Cemetery. Bob’s great-grandfather donated the land for the cemetery.

Members of the Potter County Honor Guard will accord full military honors on Monday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Pioneer Oil Museum, 395 Main Street, Bolivar, NY 14715 or the First Baptist Church, PO Box 68, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

Bob’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

To express condolences, light a candle or share a fond memory of Bob, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.


So sorry for your loss. Bob was always a great guy to catch at lunch or anywhere. We lost a great man. R.I.P my friend. I look forward to meeting again.

Scott Newton May 6 2022 8:54 PM

I never met or was around anyone I had as much respect for, Having worked for or with many times,always good.Bob always worked hard now it's his time to rest

Walter A Smith May 1 2022 1:04 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Robert Benson

Laurie Hunt and Family May 1 2022 11:14 AM

Benson Family,

Very sorry for your loss. Bob always had a smile on his face. He was a joy to speak with. The local oil industry will miss him.


Tom Morris Apr 30 2022 5:56 PM

Bob was one of the hardest working, most generous men that I ever had the pleasure of working with. We will remember all those who love Bob in our prayers.

Clayton Riehle Apr 30 2022 4:59 PM

My name is Jane Armstrong. I was married to Frank Armstrong, a cousin to Bob's chilldren. Frank always had such great things to say about Bob, he looked up to him. When Frank passed I finally got to meet Bob. What an honor it was. I found out after Frank's funeral that Bob donated the burial site To us. And the family dinner was paid by him as well. All the stories of Frank's childhood about him was filled with humour adventures and see if this man. I'm so very sorry for his family's loss. My heartfelt condolences to you all. I cannot be there to say a proper goodby, but please know my thoughts and prayers are with you all. 🙏🙏

Jane Armstrong Apr 30 2022 1:52 PM

I'm sorry to hear of Bob's passing. Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers
Howard Wheeler Sr. and Family

Howard M Wheeler Sr. Apr 30 2022 12:26 PM

Deepest sympathies from Cindy and Vic Vena. I (Vic) have been blessed to know this great and gentle man and almost every member of his family. Whether at Dave’s Diner, McKean County raceway or at the pharmacy, it was always a pleasure to spend time with him. Peace

Vic Vena Apr 30 2022 12:09 PM

RIP, Bob! You were one of my fav customers at 7 Eleven! Sweetest man!

Susan Quigley Apr 30 2022 9:50 AM

Brock and Shanna and family, Please accept our sympathy on passing of your dad. We will keep you all in our prayers.

Lou and Angela Monti Apr 29 2022 9:14 PM

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