William Thomas Benning

Sep 7 1949
Sep 17 2022
73 Years

William Thomas "Tom" Benning, 73, of Cochranville, PA, passed away on Saturday, September 17, 2022, in Rising Sun, MD.  He was the husband of the late Lois Cole Benning who passed recently in March 2022.  Born in Binghamton, NY, he was the son of the late Robert Warner and Clara May Stevens Benning.

Tom was an Octorara High School graduate and worked in maintenance for Lockheed Martin.  He attended Manor Presbyterian Church in Cochranville.  He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army serving two tours in Vietnam.

Tom was a very active member of the Phoenixville Jaycees as well as the state level of the Pennsylvania Jaycees.  He was a chapter president, district director, regional director, state vice president and received one of the highest honors, being installed as a JCI, Junior Chamber of Commerce International, senator.

He loved to hunt and go camping as well as spending time with his 15 nieces and nephews.  He also enjoyed watching westerns, playing poker with his C.H.A.M.P.S. buddies and was an avid reader. 

He is survived by a brother, Dale Robert Benning, of Nehawka, NE.  He was preceded in death by a sister, Jacklyn Benning Garforth.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, October 6, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. from Manor Presbyterian Church, 505 Street Rd., Cochranville, PA, with visitation starting at 10:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Wounded Warrior Project.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Wilde Funeral Home of Parkesburg. Online condolences can be posted at www.WildeFuneralHome.com.

Service Date: 
Oct 6 2022 - 11:00am
Service Location: 
Manor Presbyterian Church • 505 Street Road Cochranville, Penna.


Tom, was a great guy, went to school with both he and dale.

Have fond memories of he and his family growing up in the Cochranville area.

Rest in peace Tom, and may GOD BLESS your family at this most difficult time.

Larry Barlow,

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Thank you Larry.  We will all miss him very much.

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So sorry for your loss.

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     He, Chucky Harris and I were inseparable in in high school. We spent way too much time together! I remember the night he totally demolished his Mustang on Route 10 just south of the Cochranville Block Company. After some tense days in intensive care he told everybody he fell asleep. I still wonder just how fast that Stang' was going when he lost it. Was glad to see him at our 50th class reunion. My sincere condolences to all the family. He was a great guy.


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So sorry for your loss. Tom was a great friend and a great Jaycee. He will be missed. Rest in peace my friend!

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The Kilmer Family once again sends their thoughts and prayers to the Cole Family. We are remembering Tom and Lois and Bob too. It has been a year filled with sadness and yet the warm and wonderful memories of  time spent  together will help support the strong and loving family you are.


Russ and Kathy

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