In memory of

William Pat Benjamin, age 67, of Helena

May 7, 1945 – January 14, 2013

William P. Benjamin

William Benjamin, 67, died peacefully January 14, 2013, in the Critical Care Unit at the Montana State Veterans Hospital, after a long courageous battle with cancer.

Bill was born on May 7, 1945, in Harlowton, the sixth child of ten to Glenn and Lucille (Hudson) Benjamin.  He received his grade school education at Ryegate and continued his education in Helena.

He served honorably in the US Army, active service September 1965 – September 1967, and again in June of 1991.

Bill married Marie Smith in 1968.  They were married for 36 years before her passing in 2004.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Glenn and Lucille Benjamin; wife Marie; brother, Glenn Benjamin and Jerry (T-Bone) Benjamin; sister and brother-in-law, Faye and Merle DuBois and nephew James Boyer.

He is survived by his children, Tonya of Helena and son, William (Stacy) of Spokane, WA; Step children, Debra D. Sutliff and her husband Jim of Billings; Robert M Burgess of Billings, Richard M. Burgess and his wife Raquel of Helena.  He is also survived by his grandchildren and great grandchildren; sisters, Jane (Ed) Cottrill of Helena, Glenda Grover of East Helena, Mary Ann (Sonny) Boyer of Great Falls, Brothers, Stillman Benjamin of Great Falls, Orville (Bev) of NV and Stewart (Gay) Benjamin of CO; sister-in-law, B.J. Benjamin and an Aunt, Irene McCarty of CA.  He was “Uncle Bill” to numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.

Bill’s family will be forever grateful for the compassion shown with the end of life care he received in the Critical Care Unit at the VA hospital.

Burial with military honors will be held at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at the Montana State Veterans Cemetery at Fort Harrison.  At Bill’s request, there are no memorial services planned at this time. Please visit below to offer the family condolences or share a memory of Bill.

“Glory be unto the Father and unto the Son…….and into the hole he goes.”


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  1. Brian and Lila Hallenberg says:

    Bill was a very kind and loving person who never had a bad word to say about anybody. He will be missed. Rest in peace Bill our friend

  2. Sherri & Bill Roberts says:

    We will alway remember all the times we spent together with the Bill, Marie. Little Bill, Tonya and all the other family members, especially at the “Hollow”. These special memories can never be erased. God bless you Bill. Rest in peace Bill. All of the families are in our thoughts and prayers. God bless all ~ Bill, Sherri, Buzz, Michelle & Dave

  3. Sharon Thrailkill Sargeson says:

    Bill was a good friend. He ran around with us as teenagers and was a great guy. I was happy to run into him again a few years ago and spend time talking about the old times. He will truly be missed by all that knew him.

  4. Debra Sutliff says:

    May you find peace, forgivness and the welcoming arms of my mother waiting for you.

  5. Allen Stenhjem says:

    Bill will truley be missed but never forgotten by all who crossed his path. God Bless .

  6. Linda Mitchell says:

    We are thinking of you cousins, and we are sorry for the loss of your brother.

  7. Jacque Ritchie says:

    My Uncle Bill was a very wonderful man. I have so many good memories and sure miss both he Andy dear Aunt Marie! I know they are now reunited…with other family and friends…and my Sweet Mother is playing her guitar and singing, welcoming Uncle Bill home! All my love to the family…especially Bill (Billy) and Tonya. My thoughts and prayers are with you!

  8. Bill Holmes & Joanne Soberanex says:

    To the Benjamin Family: We will be unable to attend the services, but our best thooughts are of the famly and our dear friend Glenda Grover. Bill and Joanne

  9. Lynn Svir says:

    From all of us at the Days Inn, we are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Pops was a special man, and we will miss him. Our deepest sympaties for your family’s loss, and hope you will call if there is anything we can do for you.

  10. sherryl house says:

    there also was another son not mentioned, Brian

  11. Karen Freiburg says:

    We are so sorry to hear about Bill! He put up a good fight.
    He will be missed & still loved very much
    May he rest in peace!
    Kaern & Tamara

  12. bill benjamin jr and family says:

    Thank you all for the love and thoughts.
    Dad was a person that liked almost every one
    but loved all. he showed me the way to be a hard worker and how to take care of loved to fight, especially with me.this time he had the last was i love never wanted people to
    know he was sick or hurting. tonya was his favorite.
    But loved all his kids, debi,rob,brian,jim,rick,tonya and me bill, thanks dad for all the memories.
    I hope mom is easy on you lol ….. bill jr

  13. Shari Adams says:

    There are a millionaire’s great memories of my uncle Bill and he is going to be missed by all. I know he is reuniting with all his friend and family that have passed. I am so selfish for being so sad but I miss my uncle Bill He was a wonderful man. He always made me smile!! I gave him a graduation picture of me 20 some years ago and every time I seen him he showed it to me …this made me feel so good a few years ago I had to replace it because it was so worn. He called me shar bear. I can tell you…I WAS ALWAYS PROUD TO BE MY UNCLE BILL’S SHAR BEAR!!!!

  14. Tonya Benjamin says:

    My Father was the best man I ever knew and I would like to thank everyone for your support especially my wonderful Aunt Glenda

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