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In Memory of

Lynden Newton Benshoof

October 7, 1918 - November 22, 2016

Obituary


Lynden Newton Benshoof passed away November 22 at the age of 98. He grew up on the North Dakota prairie and graduated from North Dakota State Agriculture College where he met his beloved Kay. After taking engineering graduate studies in Metallurgy, he began his career with The Boeing Company inspecting B-17 right wings with drawings for the left wing. Within a few months of hiring, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and Lynden enlisted in the Navy attending Midshipman School at Columbia University in New York City. Lynden served as gunnery officer on LST 392 participating in...

Lynden Newton Benshoof passed away November 22 at the age of 98. He grew up on the North Dakota prairie and graduated from North Dakota State Agriculture College where he met his beloved Kay. After taking engineering graduate studies in Metallurgy, he began his career with The Boeing Company inspecting B-17 right wings with drawings for the left wing. Within a few months of hiring, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and Lynden enlisted in the Navy attending Midshipman School at Columbia University in New York City. Lynden served as gunnery officer on LST 392 participating in invasions of Africa, Sicily, Salerno, and Normandy.
On his return to Bremerton, he immediately married Kay. After completing active service in the Navy, Lynden returned to Boeing where he and Kay made their home in Renton. Later Lynden and Kay moved to Bellevue where they raised their children. He was proud to work for Boeing 42 years on the B-17, B-29, B-47, B-52 bombers, Minuteman Missile defense program, 747 Jumbo Jet and customer support for all Boeing commercial aircraft. This involved a lot of early "Get-Ups."
Lynden was active in scouting and loved taking his family camping, fishing, backpacking and skiing. In the neighborhood, he played basketball, tetherball, croquet, badminton, and Frisbee with his kids and their friends. He was even known to hop down the block on his pogo stick more than a few times. Lynden and Kay explored the San Juans, Gulf Islands and Desolation Sound in their 19' cabin cruiser, Lark Ark. When they weren't boating, they were driving their blue camping van to every state (except Vermont) and its capital on the mainland. Lynden was a wonderful storyteller and wrote his books "Anchors Aweigh" about his World War II experiences and "Once Upon a Time" about growing up in North Dakota. His family treasures him and his stories.
Lynden is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Lynda Kay and Jim Frantz and his son and daughter-in-law William and Linda Benshoof, grandchildren Chester Frantz, Tracy Reinhart, Chris Benshoof and Brian Benshoof, and great grandchildren Katelyn and Max Reinhart and Miles and Kaysie Lynn Frantz. Lynden will be buried with honors at Tahoma National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to www.pugetsoundhonorflight.org which provides veterans with honor and closure by taking them to our war memorials in Washington DC.