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Alvin  "Red" Benson

Obituary for Alvin "Red" Benson

July 16, 1920 - August 29, 2016
Creston, Iowa | Age 96


Alvin E. "Red" Benson, 96 of Creston, died August 16, 2016, at Clearview Nursing Home in Clearfield, IA.

Services will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 3rd at Powers Funeral Home, 601 New York Ave. in Creston. His cousin, Pastor Dean Porter will officiate.

Burial will be at Graceland Cemetery in Creston.

Visitation with family receiving friends will be from1 to 2 p.m. service time Saturday, at the Powers Funeral Home in Creston.

Military Graveside Rites by the Theodore J. Martens, Post 1797, Creston V.F.W.

Reception will follow in Clearfield at the Lions Club; sponsored by the ladies of the Clearfield Methodist Church. Online condolences may be left at

Red was a loving Husband, Father, Grandfather and devoted public servant. Born in Creston on July 16, 1920, to Vester A. Benson and Joy Love Porter. He graduated from Creston High School when he joined the US Army in 1942 and served in the 101st Airborne Division as a Paratrooper in WWII. On February 14, 2013, Red finally received his long overdue Purple Heart after 70 years.

Red married his sweetheart Dorothy Lucille Perkins March 31, 1946, at the University EUB Church in Kansas City, Kan. He was a farmer and community veterinarian for many years. In addition, he owned and operated A-1 Guaranteed Sewer Cleaning in Denver, CO from 1971 to 1982, when he retired and moved back to his hometown of Creston. Red served on the Creston City Council from 1986 to 1998. He was an active member of the VFW in Creston and American Legion in Clearfield. One of Red's proudest accomplishments was the money he raised for the Veterans Monument in front of the Depot.

Survived by three daughters Melinda Kuhns of Des Moines, IA, Barbara Herrera of Denver, CO, and Pamela Deardorff of Clearfield, IA, 7 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and 9 great – great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Wife Dorothy Benson and sisters Donna Swanson and Clair B. Lininger.

Red Benson was always caring and willing to help others and will be cherished and missed by all.


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Powers Funeral Home

601 New York Ave
PO Box 431
Creston, IA 50801
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