Mt. Vernon Register-News

October 25, 2012

Donald Benjamin


MT. VERNON — — Donald Ray Benjamin, formerly of Centralia, died Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, at Veteran Administration Facility in Marion.

He was born June 21, 1949, in Centralia, the son of Kenneth and Josephine (Hatfield) Benjamin. He was married to Brenda (Robertson) Benjamin and she survives.

Don was a correction officer for the Illinois Department of Corrections, a lifetime member of the VFW and a member of Vietnam Vets of America and the American Legion.

He is survived by wife, Brenda; stepdaughters, Lynn (Brian) Marks and Kathy (Josh) Sherwood; brothers, Kenneth (Dixie) Benjamin and Gary Benjamin; half-brother, Troy Lewis; half-sister, Debbie Lewis; grandchildren, Misty Lanier, Jeremiah Goddy, Thomas Josiah Goddy and Ashley Caravello; and great-grandchildren, Chloe and Avery.

Per Don’s request, his remains were cremated and a memorial service will be at a later date.

Cook Funeral Chapel in Carmi is in charge of arrangements.  Visit for more information.