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Obituary of Gene Benn
Eugene J. Benn, Jr., 71, of the Town of Lee, passed away peacefully with his family by his side at Hospice of St. Francis, Titusville, FL, on May 15, 2020 after a brief illness. He was born in Rome on June 23, 1948, the son of Eugene and Harriett (Martin) Benn, Sr. He was a graduate of Rome Free Academy. Gene proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy from 1966-1970. On April 20, 1974, Gene was united in marriage to Donna Morgan at St. Joseph’s Church in Lee Center. Gene was retired from the New York Fish Hatchery after 38 years of service. He was a lifetime member of the Lee American Legion. Gene loved an afternoon on the golf course and playing cards with family and friends. Surviving besides his loving wife of 46 years, Donna, is his mother, Harriett Martin Benn; a daughter Amy (Jason) Barok of Rome; a son, David (Christina) Benn of Rome; four cherished grandsons, Quintin and Xavier Barok and Michael and Matthew Benn; a sister, Christine Benn and her partner, Ann Sorensen, of Palm Bay, FL; a brother, Mark Benn and his spouse, Karen, of Lake Wiley, SC; several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, including a special sister-in-law, Patsy Morgan, who was more like a daughter to him; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Abraham House, 417 N. Washington St., Rome NY 13440 or Hospice of St. Francis, 1250-B Grumman Place, Titusville, FL, 32780. Arrangements have been entrusted to Nunn and Harper Funeral Home, Inc., 418 N. George St., Rome.
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