203 1st Ave NE, Waverly, IA 50677

Airman Basic Richard Darrell Benschoter

Airman Basic Richard Darrell Benschoter was born on June 19, 1930 in Winnebago, MN and died October 22, 2017 in Waterloo, IA.

Richard Darrell Benschoter entered the United States Air Force on December 23, 1950, in Minneapolis, MN, served during the Korean War era and reached the rank of Airman Basic before being discharged on December 3, 1954 in Waverly, IA.

Richard Darrell Benschoter is buried at Harlington Cemetery in Waverly, Iowa and can be located at

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Release Date: October 22, 2080.


Richard Darrell “Dick” Benschoter, 87 of Waverly, Iowa, died on Sunday afternoon, October 22, 2017, at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo following a brief illness.

Richard was born on June 19, 1930, in Winnebago, Minnesota, the son of Gerald Grant and Mabel Ruth (Dunlap) Benschoter. Dick was baptized on June 14, 1931, and later confirmed at the 1st Presbyterian Church in Winnebago, Minnesota. He attended the Winnebago School System, graduating from the Winnebago High School in 1947. Dick then attended Mankato State Teachers College from September of 1948 until May 1949. Dick served with the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict from December 23, 1950, until he was honorably discharged on December 3, 1954. On April 4, 1954, Dick was united in marriage to Marlys Marie Gade at the 1st Evangelical Lutheran Church in Waterloo by Rev. Bruno Schalktenhaufen. The couple made their home in Waverly, where Dick worked for the Carnation Company from January of 1955 until October of 1957, Fareway Store from October of 1957 until October of 1967, and the Shield Bantam (Terex) Company from January of 1968 until he retired on June 19, 1995.

Dick was a former member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Waverly, a lifetime member of the Waverly V.F.W. Post #2208 where he was the past commander. In his spare time he enjoyed playing cards and spending time with his family and friends.
Dick is survived by his four children and their spouses, Daniel (Terri) Benschoter of Waverly, Gail Benschoter of Waverly, Douglas (Ann) Benschoter of Waverly, Iowa, Stephen (Deb) Benschoter of Waterloo; 8 grandchildren, Troy (Kelly) McCumber, Ryan (Cassie) Benschoter, Maggie Benschoter (Nate Mackey) Grant (Erica) Benschoter, Claire Benschoter, Derek Benschoter (Kabra Sankey), Courtney DeHoot, Seth Benschoter; six great grandchildren Emeri, Brayden, Lennon, Hayden, Hayley and Mya; with two on the way. Dick was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, Dale Allen in 1960; his wife, Marlys in April of 2013; two brothers, Merle and James; and a sister, Barbara.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.at the Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly, with Pastor Arthur C. Bergren of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and School officiating. Burial will be held in Harlington Cemetery with military rites conducted by the Waverly Area Veterans Post Honor Guard. Public visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 25th from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly. Memorials may be directed to the Waverly Area Veterans Post. Online condolences for Dick’s family may be left at www.kaisercorson.com. Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly is assisting the family. 319-352-1187.

“Richard Benschoter Obituary,” Kaiser Corson Funeral Homes, Inc., accessed December 31, 2017. http://www.kaisercorson.com/obituary/Richard-Darrell-Benschoter/Waverly-Iowa/1759928.