In memory of
Alfred Earle Benton
In memory of
Alfred Earle Benton
Alfred Earle Benton, born in 1920 and nearing his 101st birthday, left for Heaven on Christmas Day 2020. Alfred was born in San Diego, CA and graduated from South Pasadena High School in 1938. Later, he graduated from UC Davis with his degree in animal husbandry. On February 12, 1949, Al married the love of his life, Annalee Hoover, in San Marino, CA at St. Edmunds Episcopal church. Raised in a family of cattlemen, Al managed his family's business, Benton Feed Yard, in Walnut, CA for over fifty years Al and Annalee lived many years with their children on the feed yard until later moving to Laguna Beach. Al was a veteran of WWII and served in the Army Air Corps as part of the 368th fighter group, which was the first operational air unit in France. On June 6th, 1944, D-Day, Al flew his P-47 into Normandy. He was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action when he led his flight of four P-47 thunderbolts against a formation of more than thirty enemy planes that were dive-bombing American ground forces near Mortain, France. Capt. Benton shot down one Jerry, and his flight dispersed the attack. Al's other medals include The Distinguished Flying Cross and The Oakleaf Cluster to the Distinguished Flying Cross. When told he was a hero, his answer was, "Hell, I'm no hero. The boys who died are the heroes." Humble and strong are those of the greatest generation. May we honor their memories. Al was involved in Kiwanis; the development of the City of Industry in Los Angeles, CA; the California Cattlemen's Association; and the advisory committee to UC Davis's agricultural department. He perfected and received numerous patents from the U.S. government for a cattle supplement that is used nationwide in the cattle industry. He was preceded in death by his parents, Royal and Lucille Benton, his brother Bob and sister-in-law Trudy Benton, his sister Lida and brother-in-law Buzz, nephew Ned Hutchinson, and grandson Josiah Berger. Al is survived by his spouse, Annalee; three children: Kathryn (Sherman) Young, Eliza (Bob) Nicholson, and Sarah (Steve) Berger; seven grandchildren: Alfred (Lia) Young, Eliza Young, Emma Nicholson, Hannah Nicholson, Heather (Jarrett) Owens, Cody (Keri) Berger, and Destiny Berger; and four great-grandchildren: Trinity Owens, Haven Owens, Shiloh Owens, and Maverick Berger. Alfred's life will be celebrated in a private gathering with his family. The family wishes to extend our sincere and deep thanks to the caregivers who lovingly attended to our father's needs these past few years. There are no words to express our gratitude. In lieu of flowers, Annalee requests that gifts be given to: Wounded Warrior Project https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/ Josiah's House https://josiahshouse.net/givenow
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In memory of
Alfred Earle Benton
Alfred Earle Benton, born in 1920 and nearing his 101st birthday, left for Heaven on Christmas Day 2020. Alfred was born in San Diego, CA and graduated from South Pasadena High School in 1938. Later, he graduated from UC Davis with his degree in animal husbandry. On February 12, 1949, Al married the love of his life, Annalee Hoover, in San Marino, CA at St. Edmunds Episcopal church. Raised in a family of cattlemen, Al managed his family's business, Benton Feed Yard, in Walnut, CA for over fifty years Al and Annalee lived many years with their children on the feed yard until later moving to Laguna Beach. Al was a veteran of WWII and served in the Army Air Corps as part of the 368th fighter group, which was the first operational air unit in France. On June 6th, 1944, D-Day, Al flew his P-47 into Normandy. He was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action when he led his flight of four P-47 thunderbolts against a formation of more than thirty enemy planes that were dive-bombing American ground forces near Mortain, France. Capt. Benton shot down one Jerry, and his flight dispersed the attack. Al's other medals include The Distinguished Flying Cross and The Oakleaf Cluster to the Distinguished Flying Cross. When told he was a hero, his answer was, "Hell, I'm no hero. The boys who died are the heroes." Humble and strong are those of the greatest generation. May we honor their memories. Al was involved in Kiwanis; the development of the City of Industry in Los Angeles, CA; the California Cattlemen's Association; and the advisory committee to UC Davis's agricultural department. He perfected and received numerous patents from the U.S. government for a cattle supplement that is used nationwide in the cattle industry. He was preceded in death by his parents, Royal and Lucille Benton, his brother Bob and sister-in-law Trudy Benton, his sister Lida and brother-in-law Buzz, nephew Ned Hutchinson, and grandson Josiah Berger. Al is survived by his spouse, Annalee; three children: Kathryn (Sherman) Young, Eliza (Bob) Nicholson, and Sarah (Steve) Berger; seven grandchildren: Alfred (Lia) Young, Eliza Young, Emma Nicholson, Hannah Nicholson, Heather (Jarrett) Owens, Cody (Keri) Berger, and Destiny Berger; and four great-grandchildren: Trinity Owens, Haven Owens, Shiloh Owens, and Maverick Berger. Alfred's life will be celebrated in a private gathering with his family. The family wishes to extend our sincere and deep thanks to the caregivers who lovingly attended to our father's needs these past few years. There are no words to express our gratitude. In lieu of flowers, Annalee requests that gifts be given to: Wounded Warrior Project https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/ Josiah's House https://josiahshouse.net/givenow
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