Charles Wallace Bench, 72, of rural Vienna, died Saturday afternoon, Oct. 27, 2012, at 12:54 p.m. at Lourdes Hospital in Paducah, Ky.
Charles was born on Sept. 7, 1940, in Placerville, Calif., the son of Hubert Wallace Bench and Dolly Wilma Bramel Bench.
Charles married Sue Baker McDaniel on June 24, 1987, in Las Vegas, Nev. She survives.
Other survivors include four daughters, Jody Bench Miller of Oregon, Julie Bench Wiggs of Buncombe, Jeannie Bench Neely of California and Mary Ellen Bench Sampson of California; two sons, Allen McDaniel of Springfield and Eddie Bench of California; a brother, Jim Bench of Mt. Auburn; a sister, Sheri Howard Rumbold of Chillicothe; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a nephew, Allen (Missy) Letcher of Taylorville; a niece, Becky (Bob) Chambers of Chillicothe; and an aunt, Hilda Fetter of Imperial, Mo.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents.
Charles was a 1959 graduate of Mt. Auburn High School in Mt. Auburn, where he was active in all sports, most notably basketball. He was offered several sports scholarships.
Charles was employed at Vandenberg Air Force in California. He also worked for the State of Illinois in nuclear calibration. He retired in 1992.
Charles was a member of the Mt. Auburn Church of Christ.
He was a 30-plus year member of Kedron Masonic Lodge No. 340 AF&AM at Mt. Auburn, a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason, Valley of Springfield. Charles was also a member of the A.A.O.N.M.S. Ansar Shrine in Springfield, where he was a charter member of the Ansar ATV motor patrol. He was also an associate member of the Beggs-Gurley VFW Post in Vienna.
Charles enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and assisting his nephew Allen Letcher during harvest every fall. Charles never met a stranger. His favorite sayings were “Okee-Dokee” and “I hear you talking.” Charles was an avid Chicago Cubs fan.
In accordance with Charles’ wishes, there will be no visitation or funeral service.
Memorials can be made to the St. Joseph’s Indian School, 1301 N. Main St. Chamberlain, S.D. 57325 or to the Shriner’s Hospital for Crippled Children, 2211 N. Oak Park Ave., Chicago, Ill. 60707.
To share a memory of Charles or to leave an online message of condolence for his family, please visit www.baileyfh.com.
Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna is in charge of arrangements.