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Keith Benjamin

Keith Benjamin

Davenport, Iowa

Keith Benjamin, 79, of Davenport, Iowa, passed away Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, after a long battle with Lewy Body Dementia, at the Good Samaritan Home in Davenport.

Funeral services will be Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Davenport. Visitation was Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. at the Runge Mortuary and will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Inurnment will be at a later date in Rose Hill Cemetery, Buffalo, Iowa.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mark Lutheran Church or First Lutheran Church in Pine River, Minn. Online condolences may be left at

Keith was born March 19, 1934, in Waterloo, Iowa, the son of Dwight and Marjorie (Blackman) Benjamin. He was united in marriage to Karen F. Kauffman on June 7, 1958, in Davenport. He served in the Army during the Korean Conflict.

He taught accounting at North Scott High School for 36 years prior to his retirement. Additionally, Keith ran the clock for all sporting events.

He was a member of St. Mark Lutheran Church where he served on the church council for many years. He spent summers with his family on Lake Ada in Pine River, and served on the Lake Ada Board in his retirement years. Keith was a lifelong member of the National Education Association.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Karen, Davenport; his children, Kirk (Lynn) Benjamin, St. Louis, Mo., Kathryn Duncan (Chris Jones), LeClaire, Iowa, Kevin (Lisa) Benjamin, Geneseo, Ill., and Kyle (Nancie) Benjamin, Walker, Minn.; grandchildren, Bryce, Brennan and Keagan Benjamin, Ada Duncan, and Emma, Dale, Lucas, Kathryn and Megan Benjamin; and brothers, Blair, Arizona, and Neil, Waterloo, Iowa.

His parents preceded him in death.