George Lawrence Benning (1898 - 1946)

George Lawrence Benning
1898 - 1946
updated March 12, 2020
George Lawrence Benning, father to 2 children, was born on April 21, 1898 in Boone, Iowa United States of America. He was born to Immogene Nelson (Millard) Benning and William Joseph Benning, with siblings Lloyd, Lois, William, Henry, Walter, Cora, Mabel, and Grace. He married Mildred (Wilson) Benning in 1922 and they later divorced in 1926. They gave birth to Lois (Benning) Ewen. George married Eileen Tasker and George died in 1946. They gave birth to Marian Joyce (Benning) Kroetch. He died c. August 23, 1946 in Bremerton, Washington United States of America at age 48.

George was my grandmother's Marian Joyce Kroetch, who later was known as Joyce Vandever, father. He died when grandma was only sixteen and that made a big impact on her life. Over the years certain stories were passed down to me that define what I know about the type of person George was.

George was married twice and in his second marriage had my grandmother. The family lived in Bremerton Washington, a small port town big during WW2, during the 1940s and owned the Chevrolet car dealership. George inherited the car dealership when his boss randomly died in a fishing trip together. I'll have to get more details about that one :) He was very active in the business, social and political components of the community. I know that he was a Freemason and that he had some strong relationships with State politicians.

One cool story about George: He had a bit of real estate in Bremerton and rented two(?) homes to his employees. Upon George's death his will stipulated that the deeds to the homes get passed along to the employees.

Note from Kathy Pinna: George didn't inherit the Reed Chevrolet dealership. He and Micky Reed were on a (local) fishing trip and Micky drowned. Micky's widow, Meeka (who I knew - she and my grandmother were friends until they died), sold the dealership to George. He called it Reed-Benning dealership as a homage to Micky. Chevrolet didn't like the fact that a woman (oh lordy, a WOMAN!) sold the dealership on her own so they made new rules. The upshot? When George, my grandfather, died, my grandmother couldn't sell the dealership!

Also, the story my Mom told me re: the homes - the people weren't employees but simply people who lived in Bremerton at the time. Since George was a Mason, he was also involved in charitable activities. Mom said that no one (including family) knew that he had bought (I heard 3) houses for people who had problems paying rent and were going to be evicted. (This was probably around the end of the Depression.) He didn't charge the tenants rent and when he died (within a few years), he left the homes to the tenants. However, my sister (who says she has a copy of George's will), says that she can find no record of this.
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George Benning was born on in Boone, Iowa United States of America
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George Benning died in Bremerton, Kitsap County, Washington United States of America
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George Benning was born on in Boone, Iowa United States of America
George Benning died in Bremerton, Kitsap County, Washington United States of America
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I'm not positive exactly how George died. However, I believe it might have been alcohol related as he was a heavy social drinker.

Note from granddaughter: He was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver and was treated for it for at least a year before he died. That is the cause of death on his death certificate.
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Forest Lawn Cemetery, 5409 Kitsap Way, in Bremerton, Kitsap County, Washington United States 98312
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George Lawrence Benning & Mildred (Wilson) Benning

1922 - 1926
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George Lawrence Benning & Eileen Constance (Tasker) Benning

1946
Cause of Separation: Death
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Feb 2, 1908 - January 1987

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Oct 11, 1930 - Sep 10, 2017

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George Lawrence Benning, father to 2 children, died c. August 23, 1946 in Bremerton, Washington United States of America at age 48. He was buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Bremerton, Washington. He was born on April 21, 1898 in Boone, Iowa United States of America. He was born to Immogene Nelson (Millard) Benning and William Joseph Benning, with siblings Lloyd, Lois, William, Henry, Walter, Cora, Mabel, and Grace. George married Mildred (Wilson) Benning in 1922 and they later divorced in 1926. They gave birth to Lois (Benning) Ewen. He also married Eileen Tasker and George died in 1946. They gave birth to Marian Joyce (Benning) Kroetch.
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In 1898, in the year that George Lawrence Benning was born, on February 15th, the USS Maine exploded and sank in Havana harbor. The reason for the explosion has never been found, but it killed 266 men. "Remember the Maine" became a rallying cry and precipitated the United States' declaration of war on Spain two months later - the beginning of the Spanish-American War. On December 10th, the war ended with the signing of the Treaty of Paris. The Treaty gave the U.S. Puerto Rico, the Philippines, Guam - for $20 million - and, temporarily, Cuba.

In 1906, he was just 8 years old when abolitionist and suffragette leader Susan B. Anthony died, before women's right to vote nationally was realized (in 1920). She, along with Elizabeth Cady Stanton, founded the National American Woman Suffrage Association which later became the League of Women Voters. She died at the age of 86 of heart failure and pneumonia in her home in New York.

In 1919, at the age of 21 years old, George was alive when in June, the Treaty of Versailles - officially ending World War I - was signed. The European Allies demanded "compensation by Germany for all damage done to the civilian population of the Allies and their property by the aggression of Germany by land, by sea and from the air.” The requirement of compensation is seen by most as the reason for the collapse of the German economy and gave rise to the rule of Hitler.

In 1938, when he was 40 years old, on June 25th (a Saturday) the Fair Labor Standards Act was signed into law by President Roosevelt (along with 120 other bills). The Act banned oppressive child labor, set the minimum hourly wage at 25 cents, and established the maximum workweek at 44 hours. It faced a lot of opposition and in fighting for it, Roosevelt said "Do not let any calamity-howling executive with an income of $1,000 a day, ...tell you...that a wage of $11 a week is going to have a disastrous effect on all American industry."

In 1946, in the year of George Lawrence Benning's passing, pediatrician Dr. Benjamin Spock's book "The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care" was published. It sold half a million copies in the first six months. Aside from the Bible, it became the best selling book of the 20th century. A generation of Baby Boomers were raised by the advice of Dr. Spock.

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