Paul H. Bennethum

Nov 13 1928
Jun 25 2020
91 Years
Ronks, Pennsylvania

Paul H. Bennethum, 91, of Ronks, Pa., died on Thursday, June 25th, 2020 at his home.  He was the widower of the late Virginia Werner Bennethum, with whom he enjoyed 66 years of marriage.  

Born in Womelsdorf, Pa., he was the son of the late Elsie (German) and Raymond Bennethum.  

Mr. Bennethum retired from the U.S. Air Force as an MSgt in 1971.  At the same time, he earned a BA in Elementary Education from the Inter-American University, San German, Puerto Rico.  He was a fifth-grade teacher in the Octorara School District for 15 years.  He earned an MA in Elementary Education from West Chester State University.  He has been a licensed barber and barber manager since 1950.  He also was a licensed auctioneer.

He was a member of the Boy Scouts of America for over 50 years, as a scout, committee member, and Scoutmaster.  He was a Vigil member of the Order of the Arrow.  He was a member of the Lions in Parkesburg, Mill Creek, and Trough Creek Valley.  He served a term as President in Parkesburg and Mill Creek, and as Secretary in Trough Creek Valley.  He was a member of Masonic Lodges in Fort Worth, Texas and Huntingdon, Pa., and a Knights Templar in Indiana.  He was a member of the Church of Ascension (Episcopal) in Parkesburg.  He was also a past commander of American Legion Post 431 in Parkesburg.  

He is survived by four sons: Lawrence, husband of Linda, of Fries, Va., Richard, husband of Linda, of Dover, Pa., Martin, husband of Hazel of Leoma, Tn. and Joseph, husband of Christine, of Lititz; six grandchildren, April, Ryan, Michelle, Laura, Joseph Jr., and Amanda; nine great-grandchildren, and three great, great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Raymond, Robert, Louis and Carl; and one grandson, Stephen Bennethum.

A Funeral Service will take place on Thursday, July 2rd, 2020 at 11 AM at Wilde Funeral Home, 434 Main St., Parkesburg with a viewing from 10 until 11 AM.  The funeral home is asking attendees to wear masks to protect those with preexisting conditions. Interment will take place the following day at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Annville at 10 AM.    

In lieu of flowers, it is requested that you support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  

Online condolences can be posted at

Service Date: 
Jul 2 2020 - 11:00am
Service Location: 
Wilde Funeral Home, 434 Main St., Parkesburg, PA 19365


To the entire Bennethum family,

Sending my condolences on the loss of your father and grandfather. He was an amazing man and I loved talking to him at Ascension. Prayers ascending for your family 



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Marty and your extended family, we were sorry to see that your father passed.  I had your Dad for math in 5th grade, he was a very good teacher and a nice man.  Blessings to your entire family during this time. 

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What a precious soul.  I've known Paul for most of my life.   He was my amazing 5th grade teacher who was kind and concerned about each child and we all loved him.   He was also a beloved member of my church family for decades at Church of the Ascension.   My condolences to the family on the loss of this special man and patriarch.  Peace be with you.

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So sorry for your loss.  He was such a kind man. I will miss seeing him in church each Sunday.  

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I am very saddened to hear of Paul's passing. I taught fifth grade with Paul for several years and our rooms were next door to one another. We had great times together. We shared a lot of teaching ideas together.
His spirit will be missed. My thoughts, prayers and heart go to his family.  Pete DiMaio


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Paul was a dedicated teacher, valued member of the fifth grade team and dear friend. Gini and his sons were his world and he kept us up-to-date on your marriages, children and events of your lives. This time of loss is very sad, but happy memories of our time working together bring a smile to my heart. He was a man of many talents and he generously shared his joy, zest for life and light to those of us privileged to know him.  Paul will be deeply missed. My sincere condolences and sympathy are with your family.  Sincerely, Judy (Gerhart) Benne 


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My condolences to the family. Paul and I started teaching together at Octorara although I was 20 years younger. I always enjoyed talking with him. After I retired I enjoyed RVing and saw Paul calling Bingo numbers at one of the rallies. In the past years I liked seeing the post on Facebook during family gatherings. He will be missed.

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Another great man of the greatest generation ever has passed thru the gates of heaven. My sincere condolences go out to Mr Bennethum's family............

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Mr Bennethum was one of my all time favorite teachers. We've exchanged Christmas cards every year, and I always looked forward to his notes to see how he and his family were doing. I will greatly miss those correspondences with him. He made a great impact on my life and so many others. What a joy that he is not suffering and is reunited with the love of his life. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. He was a great person and will be greatly missed. 

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i wish to extend my deepest sympathy to all of Paul’s family. I was so blessed to know Paul and have him be an important member of my Church of Ascension family. He was a wonderful man who I greatly admired. Unfortunately, I am unable to attend his service, however my thoughts and prayers will be with you all. Rest In Peace in Heaven with Gini, dear Paul.            Linda Irwin

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