Claude H. Benner, 82

Claude H. Benner, 82, of Milton, Del., passed away on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, at home, in the care of Delaware Hospice and his loving friends. He was born on Aug. 28, 1937, to the late Carl O. and Louisa Hagee Benner in Coatesville, Pa.

He attended Coatesville Public Schools, graduating in 1955, and graduated from Dickinson College in 1959 with a major in economics and minor in history. As a member of the ROTC, Benner entered basic training at Fort Meade. From 1962 to 1996 he was an SSA claims examiner. He retired in 2000.

Benner also served in the Ohio National Guard at Ft. Hayes, earning the rank of a captain. He had a great sense of humor, was a fisherman, enjoyed photography and loved gardening, trees and landscaping. His favorite holiday was Christmas, and he always decorated his home beautifully. He also enjoyed baking from scratch, especially cookies and cakes.

He was a member of NARFE; the “Dirty Hands Gang” of the Lightship Overfalls; the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary; the Easy Striders Walking Club; and American Legion Post 28.

In addition to his parents, Benner was preceded in death by his brother, Carl O. Benner Jr. He is survived by his longtime friend, Hazel Meegan; a stepson, Michael Bradley; stepdaughter, Sherry Hanke; three grandchildren; and a cousin, Charles G. Hagee.

A committal service with military honors was to be held Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro, Del. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to either the Lightship Overfalls; P.O. Box 413; Lewes, DE 19958, or to Delaware Hospice;100 Patriots Way; Milford, DE 19963. Condolences may be sent online at