Friendship — Arnold Leroy Benner, 57, passed away peacefully at his home in Friendship surrounded by his loving family. He was born Dec. 2, 1956, in Damariscotta, the son of the late Charles "Dennis" Sr. and Frances (Simmons) Benner. Growing up in Friendship he attended local schools.
Arnold was an individual who, although he faced many difficulties in life, never once wanted anyone to feel sorry for him. He was strong-willed and never gave up. He took the cards he was dealt and made the best of every situation. Arnold loved the outdoors; he was an avid hunter and was a great shot. He would hunt deer, moose, rabbits and ducks. Arnold designed his Jeep to be able to get him into remote locations so that he could hunt. Having many trophies, one that he was most fond of was the moose he shot at 400 yards, a feat not many could do.
Along with hunting some of his hobbies included flying model airplanes and “talking” politics. Arnold was a straight shooter and you always knew where you stood with him. Sports were a passion, especially baseball. He could tell you stats all day on various different players from all the teams across the major leagues especially his beloved Yankees. Seeing the Yankees play at Yankee stadium, as well as the family trip to Disneyland, were some of his favorite memories. He had a sense of humor that was not matched by many. Arnold loved to play practical jokes especially if they were designed to get back at people. His most talked-about stunt was when he spray painted the Yankees logo on someone’s lawn.
Arnold loved his family, and loved that the family was able to get together ... and the barbecues they would have. After his father passed, he was looked at as the backbone of the family. You could always turn to Arnold when you needed advice. He was smart and patient and could teach anyone. He made many designs around his home to make things easier on him from the table that could attach to his wheelchair to the various elevators around the house, he designed them all. He was a member of the Warren Odd Fellows for more than 30 years. He shared the value of what they stood for, friendship, love and truth. He loved his lodge brothers and sisters, and always spoke of fond memories he enjoyed with them.
He shared a special relationship with his wife Dorothy. The two have known each other since childhood and were married on July 2, 1977. They spent every day together and once they exchanged vows they truly became one. There was nothing that they would not do for one another. They have a love that most people can only hope for.
Arnold had a strong relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, a relationship he was proud of. It helped to shape his views on a lot of things. He could quote The Bible and would often look to it for guidance and strength.
He will be sadly missed by all that loved and knew him, but never forgotten.
He was predeceased by his beloved parents Charles "Dennis" and Frances Benner, brother Charles Dennis Benner Jr., brother-in-law Joel Maxcy and nephew Derek Benner.
He is survived by his wife of 37 years Dorothy Benner of Friendship; sisters Beverly Winslow and her husband Bill of Friendship and Alwilda “Diddy" Maxcy of Friendship; sisters-in-law Christine Starrett of Warren, Tina Schmidt and her husband Gordon of Kingsport, Tenn., and Essie Christianson of Kingsport, Tenn.; brothers-in-law George Hendren and his wife Starla of Waldoboro and Wil Hendren of Peterborough, N.H.
He had a very special relationship with all of his nieces and nephews, he felt they were all special people, but the son he never had was his nephew Charlie Barter, who he gave much guidance to.
He also is survived by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.
A time of visitation and remembrance will take place Saturday, May 24, from 1 to 2 p.m. at Hall Funeral Home, 949 Main St., Waldoboro, with a celebration of life following at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Chamberlin officiating. Burial will follow in Sweetland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Halls Funeral Home.
You are invited to share your condolences, memories, and condolences with the family by visiting their Book of Memories at hallfuneralhomes.com.
Hall Funeral Home, Waldoboro, is caring for the family.