Lewis M. Benshoof, age 81, of Watertown, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, at a care center in Arlington. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 14 at the Crawford Funeral Chapel in Watertown. The Rev. Janet Miller will officiate. Burial will be at Goodwin Cemetery in Goodwin. The family is requested to meet at the chapel on Friday by 10:30 a.m. for a prayer service.
Lewis was born on Dec. 14, 1932, in Deuel County, to George and Alice (Schafer) Benshoof. He attended school in Watertown. After school, Lewis entered the U.S. Army and later was honorably discharged.
On March 5, 1966, Lewis married Diane Hintz at Sioux Falls. He lived in Sioux Falls, Colorado and later in Kansas City, where he worked for Jack Cooper Transport Company. In 1997, after retiring from Jack Cooper Transport Company, he moved to Watertown, where he has continued to make his home.
Lewis enjoyed playing bingo, cards and he also enjoyed attending auctions.
He is survived by his brother, Stewart (Mary) Benshoof of Dell Rapids; and five sisters, Lorretta Gascoigne of Brookings, Betty (Larry) Fiebelkorn of Watertown, Joan Vaughn of Blachley, Ore., Eva Regnier of Watertown and Delores (Leo) Rumpsca of Minneapolis. Lewis was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Diane; one brother, Edward; and one nephew, Jim Fjerstad.
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