William L. Benson Sr. of Goodyear, Arizona passed away July 20, 2023 at the age of 82. He was born October 12, 1940 in Geneseo, Illinois to Loren and Marie Benson both of whom preceded him in death. He was also predeceased by his wife, Elease Benson, son William Benson Jr, daughter Donna Vance Teff, and granddaughter Ann Vance. He is survived by his daughter Kimberly Benson McCormack, sons Danial and Mark Vance, and his sister Diane Gray. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Bill Benson was born and raised in Geneseo, Illinois. Upon graduation from Geneseo High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Army for a short term. Once he was discharged, he went on to acquire an AA degree as an Electronic Engineer. Shortly thereafter, he moved to Phoenix, Arizona where he met and married his wife Elease Vance in 1967. They were married until her death in 2005. He was a long-time resident of Goodyear, where he worked at Goodyear Aerospace, Loral Defense System, and Lockheed Martin Marietta. He retired in 2007.
Services will begin at 9AM Friday, August 11, 2023 at Thompson Funeral. A visitation will begin at 9AM, the funeral service will begin at 11am, burial will follow at 12pm at Glendale Memorial Park Cemetery.