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Daniel Lee Benedict

December 30, 1936 December 6, 2017
Daniel Lee Benedict
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Daniel “Dan” Benedict

In the afternoon of December 6, 2017, Dan Benedict of Locust Grove, Virginia, went peacefully into the arms of God after a long battle with failing health. He was surrounded and comforted by his family and loved ones.

He leaves behind his wife of 42 years, Georgia (Jodi) Tamplin Benedict, and their sons Troy and Kyle; and children Karla and Ted from his first marriage to Joy Ekstrom. Dan was preceded in death by his parents, Theodore “Ted” Roosevelt Benedict and Wilma Murdock Benedict and his siblings Charlene Stewig, Jacqueline Smith, and Douglas Benedict.

Dan was born on December 30, 1936 in Kansas City, Kansas. As a young adult he played violin in a professional orchestra in Chicago and was a very talented artist. After high school, Dan worked as a draftsman for the Bendix Corporation. Dan’s call to duty came in 1956 when he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was a proud member of the Screaming Eagles, the 101st Airborne Division, where he was a combat engineer, demolition specialist, and paratrooper. After his service, he spent most of his career working in the painting and waterproofing industries in five different states, and owned his own paint store and an industrial coatings company for several years. He moved to the Washington, DC area in 1990 where he worked in the spray foam industry until his retirement in 2002 as the Executive Director of the Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA).

Dan’s patriotism and devotion to his family were evident in every aspect of his life. Dan enjoyed working on projects around the house, tinkering with electronics, and cooking and grilling for family and friends. During his retirement, he devoted countless hours leading with service to his community, most recently as a member of the Lake of the Woods Lions Club. He continued to play the violin at impromptu events, including a local bluegrass group and at family gatherings.

He was a dedicated family man and his legacy will live on in his ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild: Daiven and Daniel Emling, sons of Karla Benedict Truelove (m. Jim Truelove), Michelle Gibbs and Erik Benedict, children of Ted Benedict (m. Jennifer Behrens), Tyler McNally, Grayson and Ethan Benedict, sons of Troy Benedict (m. Hanna Schlesiger), and Angela, Audrey, and Landon Benedict, children of Kyle Benedict (m. Christina Spellerberg), and Jade Emling, daughter of Daiven Emling (Ashley Baker).

A private celebration of Dan’s life will be held on Thursday, December 28, 2017. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lake of the Woods Lion’s Club or the Lake of the Woods Fire and Rescue Company, Inc.

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