Zion-Benton News


Gloria June (King) Benson

Gloria June (King) Benson, 88, died peacefully Wednesday, Oct. 22, in Raleigh, N.C.
She was born on Sept. 29, 1926 in Waukegan. Gloria was the daughter of the late Charles C. and Florine King of Zion. She graduated from Zion-Benton Township High School in 1944. After graduating she worked at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center.

Gloria was a member of Grace Missionary Church in Zion where she was very active in their many programs. She was married there on Jan. 16, 1945 to Al Benson after he returned from serving in Italy with the Army Air Force during World War II. They bought a house in Zion and started raising their family with two boys (Terry and Barry). This was interrupted in 1954 by the closing of Al's American Can company plant, forcing them to move to Penn Yan, N.Y. where he worked in the Geneva, N.Y.
office. There they added a third child (Loren) to their family. After making a home for her family in New York, Al's Company moved them back to Illinois where she had to make a home again for them there adding another son (Donald). After six years in Illinois, the company transferred them to New Jersey where, again, Gloria had to get the boys into a new school, find new doctors and make a home for them. Twelve years were spent in New Jersey where the fifth son (Corey) was born. Again, the company decided to move the engineering unit back to Barrington, Ill. where she was able to remain until Al's retirement in 1989 from the American National Can Company. She moved to Raleigh, N.C. to be close to three of their five sons who also lived in North Carolina.

Gloria was an exceptional homemaker, child care expert, and loving wife, able to cope with the many problems that came with moving her family so many times. In each place that the Lord put her, she was faithful to see that all of her sons were exposed to the teachings of Jesus both at home and in the many churches that were attended in spite of the fact that Al had to be gone on seminar teaching and troubleshooting trips for a week or two at a time. The names of the churches were not as important as the fact that God had proved when He said, "I will never leave thee nor forsake thee". He proved this all through her life in every place that He put her.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her only brother Charles E. King and a grandson Jonathan, who was taken at age 9 by a congenital disease.

She is survived by her husband Al , sons Terry (Danielle) of Matthews, N.C.; Barry (Kathleen) of Temecula, Calif.; Loren (Cindy) of The Woodlands, Texas; Donald (Angela) of Willow Springs, N.C.; and Corey (Donna) of Cary, N.C. and 10 grandchildren: Rachelle (Ryan) Watkins of Matthews, N.C.; Katie Benson, Matthews; Bailey Benson of Temecula; Kristin (John) Bate of Belton, Texas; Megan (Chris) Stevens of Toronto, Canada; Brandon Benson of Nashville, Tenn.; Shanna Benson of Willow Springs, N.C.; Bryan, Emily and Gracyn Benson of Cary; and five great-grandchildren: Jonathan and Isabelle Watkins of Matthews, Ethan and Owen Bate of Belton and Phineas Stevens of Toronto.

Gloria was a member of the Edenton Street United Church in Raleigh, NC since 1990.


Leroy (Roy) A. Berg

Leroy (Roy) A. Berg, 80, of Nixa, Mo., formerly of Beach Park, departed this earth to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Oct. 23, 2014, at home with his loving family.

He was born Feb. 27, 1934, in Lake City, Minn., to Harry and Louise Berg. He graduated from Waukegan High School in 1952 and was employed at Johnson Motors, a division of Outboard Marine Corporation, in Waukegan for 32 years, retiring in 1986. He married his beloved bride of 59 years, Donna Jean DePew, in 1955. The loves of his life, aside from Donna and his family, were coaching youth softball and baseball, traveling the western United States, and fellowshipping with his many dear, lifelong friends from Beach Bible Church. Upon retirement, Roy and Donna lived out Roy's dream of building a beautiful home on a mountainside in Cimarron, Colo., where they lived for 20 years prior to moving to Nixa.

Roy is survived by his son Jeff (Debbie) Berg of Winthrop Harbor, and daughters Cindy (Daniel) Woodward of Dwight, Ill. and Chris (Tim) Clark of Zion; seven grandchildren, Jeff (Jennifer) Berg, Jr., Rachel (Austin) Merriott, Brianne Asaro, Jordan (MaryAnn) Clark, Rebekah (Micah) McCurry, Jessica Clark and RuthAnne Woodward; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents Harry and Louise Berg and great-grandson Nickolas.

A celebration of Roy's life will be held at Victory Baptist Church in Nixa, Mo., on Sunday, Oct. 26 at 4 p.m. with visitation preceding from 3-4 p.m. A second celebration of life service will be held at Congdon Funeral Home, 3012 Sheridan Road, Zion, on Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 1 p.m. with visitation preceding from noon-1 p.m. Interment will be at Mt. Olivet Memorial Park Cemetery in Zion. Please visit the online guest book at congdonfuneralhome.com