Marlyn D. Benish, 70, passed away Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at St. Luke's Hospital, Cedar Rapids, after a courageous battle with cancer. A Masonic service will begin at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 26, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Marion. Visitation will follow until 8 p.m. Funeral service: 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 27, at Springville Presbyterian Church, conducted by Pastor David Snyder. Burial: Springville Cemetery.
Marlyn was born June 2, 1946, in Cedar Rapids, to Elmer L. and Gladys (Stepanek) Benish. On June 24, 1978, he was united in marriage to Mickie Ewart.
Marlyn was a farmer and was employed at Happels and Moorman Equipment, retiring in 2011 as parts manager for James W. Bell Co. He enjoyed working on small engines. Marlyn also enjoyed working the land, gardening, bowling, cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes and Chicago Cubs, and playing with his cat, Liz, but most of all, spending time with his family.
Marlyn was a member of the Springville Presbyterian Church, where he served as an elder and trustee. He was Past Master of Springville Masonic Lodge No. 139 A.F. & A.M., a Past Patron of Love Chapter No. 407 OES, member of Springville American Legion Post 331 and Lodge Prokop Velky No. 137. He also was a 4-H leader for 43 years and served on the Youth Programs Council and the Linn County Extension board.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Mickie Benish; daughter, Amy (Justin) Hornett; son, Brian (Katie) Benish; grandchildren, Jaxson and Kaylee Hornett, Logan Benish, and twin grandsons due in May; sisters, Janice Howell and Janelle Benish; brother, Darrell (Janet) Benish; brother-in-law, Will (Cookie Vanous) Ewart; sister-in-law, Paula (Larry) Bachman; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother, Alan; and brother-in-law, James Howell.
Our family would like to thank the St. Luke's
fifth-floor nursing staff, Dr. Jason M. Cogdill, Dr. Deborah W. Wilbur, Dr. Mary L. Hlavin and Dr. Kirk W. Kilburg, for the care given to Marlyn.
Memorials may be made to the family to be designated later.
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