Conita ‘Connie’ Benton



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

Born March 7, 1932, in Salem, she was the daughter of John Wingler and Francis Hattabaugh Wingler. She married Oscar Benton Jr. on Aug. 4, 1951. He preceded her in death in 1995.

Connie was a homemaker and a founding member of Seymour Fraternal Order of Eagles 655 Auxiliary and a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Loyal Order of Moose and Daughters of the American Revolution. She was a bowler for more than 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.

Survivors include her children, Alivia Dockery, JoElla (Herbert) Small, Timothy (Kurt Mason) Benton and Kevin (Cathy) Benton; 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; brother, Avis (Shirley) Wingler; a brother-in-law, Kenneth (Nancy) Benton; and several nieces and nephews.

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

She 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, fought in World War II; and her brother, Avis Wingler, did three tours in Vietnam.

The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Johnson Funeral Home with Chris Criminger officiating. Burial will take place in the Benton Family section of Fairview Cemetery in Brownstown.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until time of service Monday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be given to donor’s choice of charity.

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