Robert “Bob” Benedict
August 8, 1927 – December 29, 2017
Robert “Bob” Benedict, age 90, of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Friday, December 29, 2017.
Born and raised in Lancaster, PA on August 8, 1927, he was the son of the late Robert and Margaret (Burkholder) Benedict. As a young child, Bob had the privilege of attending President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s inauguration in 1936.
Bob attended Valley Forge Military Academy, Franklin and Marshall College, University of Virginia, and graduated from Mercersburg Academy in 1945. He proudly served two years in the U.S. Army and two years in the National Guard in New Jersey.
Bob was one of the owners of the Red Rose Rod and Gun Club in Huntington County, PA, serving as president for 30 of those years. In 1962, Bob and his wife, Sally, moved to Newark, DE, where he owned and operated Charles Chips of Delaware. He was a member of Head of Christiana Presbyterian Church for over 50 years, where he served as a trustee and elder.
From the late 1980’s, until 2010, Bob and Sally spent every January and February in Myrtle Beach, SC. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed watching the Phillies and Eagles, Penn State, and UD football games. He also loved to play golf and bridge, but most of all, Bob enjoyed spending time with his loving wife of 61 years and his 3 beautiful daughters.
Bob is survived by his daughters, Staci Truitt, Peggy McFarland, and Robin Jacyshyn; 6 grandchildren; 5 step grandchildren; and 3 great grandchildren.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 9:30 am until 10:30 am on Wednesday morning, January 10, 2018 at Head of Christiana Presbyterian Church, 1100 West Church Road, Newark, DE 19711, where a funeral service will begin at 10:30 am. Interment will follow in Groffdale Mennonite Cemetery, Leola, PA.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Head of Christiana Presbyterian Church to the address listed above.