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2    WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois Senate are saddened to
3learn of the death of George W. "Bud" Benner of Rock Island,
4who passed away on November 27, 2016; and
5    WHEREAS, George Benner was born in Canton on October 26,
61918; he graduated from Plainfield High School in 1936; he
7served in the United States Marines and married Nelda Chandler
8on November 30, 1940; and
9    WHEREAS, George Benner opened his own garage in Rock
10Island; he also worked as a truck driver, retiring from Roadway
11Trucking; and
12    WHEREAS, George Benner was a talented stock car racer; he
13was one of the original drivers on the area oval track; he
14received the Best Driver and Most Popular Driver trophy many of
15those years; he and his wife wintered in Florida for 26 years;
17    WHEREAS, George Benner was an avid golfer and fisherman; at
18age 95, he went skydiving with his grandson, Kirk Smith; he was
19a lifelong member of the American Legion; he enjoyed taking the
20World War II Honor Flight in 2014 with his devoted friend, Bill
21Esser; and



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1    WHEREAS, George Benner was preceded in death by his parents
2and his wife of 70 years, Nelda; and
3    WHEREAS, George Benner is survived by his daughters, Nelda
4Smith, Carolyne Rogers, and Georgia Benner-Hoggatt; 11
5grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and six
6great-great-grandchildren; therefore, be it
8ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn the passing of
9George W. "Bub" Benner, and extend our sincere condolences to
10his family, friends, and all who knew and loved him; and be it
12    RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
13presented to the family of George Benner as an expression of
14our deepest sympathy.