Robert L. Bensing Obituary

Date of Birth:

Wednesday, March 25th, 1931

Date of Death:

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007

Funeral Home:

The Stradling Family
201 Church Avenue
P.O. Box 92
Ephrata, Pennsylvania, UNITED STATES


Robert L. Bensing, 76, of Ephrata, entered into rest at Ephrata Community

Hospital on Wednesday, August 22, 2007.

He was born in Lebanon on March 25, 1931 to the late Harold and Vivian

(Olpp) Bensing. He was the husband of Sarah (Kreider) Bensing, having

celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary this past February 24th. They have

four children and ten grandchildren.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Ephrata. A

graduate of Lebanon High School, class of 1948, he served an apprenticeship

for the machinist/toolmaker trade before founding and operating Ephrata

Tool, Inc. for 39 years. He served as the first President of the Lancaster

Chapter of the National Tool and Die and Precision Machining Association.

A member of the Pennsylvania National Guard, Bob served 3 years with the

690th AA Battalion and 3 ½ years with the 165th MP Battalion.

He was a life member of the National Rifle Association and the Penn State

Alumni Association. An avid hunter (gun and bow), fisherman and golfer, he

was also a member of the Lancaster, Lebanon, Berks County, and Cocalico

Valley Historical Societies. Bob enjoyed traveling and was an active Ham

Radio operator, WA3PNS.

Bob was very active in the community. He served 16 years on the Ephrata

Area School Board, with 9 years as President; on the Lancaster County Vo-

Tech Board for 12 years, 2 years as President. He also served 26 years on

the Board of Directors of Ephrata Community Hospital, 21 years as Board

Chairman and 3 years as Vice Chairman. He was a Charter Board member of the

Ephrata Community Hospital Foundation Board. Upon retiring from the Ephrata

Hospital Board, the board of directors named the hospital board room "The

Robert L. Bensing Board Room." He also served as President for Partners of

Healthier Tomorrows and was a board member of Salud Hispana and Justice and


In January of 2000, Mr. Bensing was given Honorable Mention in the Ephrata

Review's "Ephrata's Greatest Residents Gallery." He was the President of

the "Friends of Eberbach" Sister City Committee for 10 years and served on

the Sister Cities International Board of Directors and was a state

coordinator for the South Central District of PA. He was a member of the

advisory board of the Shanghai Executive Training Program of Millersville


Active in the Republican Committee, he served 8 years as Chairman of the

Ephrata Area and was the Committeeman for Ephrata Township. He served as

Chairman of the Lancaster County Republican Committee and also served 4

terms as an elected member of the Republican State Committee. He served on

numerous campaign committees, including Rep. Leroy Zimmerman. Bob was a

delegate to the Republican National Convention in 2004.

Bob is survived by two sons, Robert D., husband of Linda (Bridwell)

Bensing of Niceville, FL and Ronald J., husband of Linda (Witmer) Bensing of

Ephrata, two daughters, Dawn, wife of Dwight Daugherty of Ephrata and Gail,

wife of Phil Crouse of Schoeneck, and ten grandchildren, Erin, Amber,

Lindsey, Jonathan, Lacey, Lane, Adriane, Michelle, Wade and Brent.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Margie Ruth


Services will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, August 25, 2007 at the

First United Methodist Church, 68 N. Church Street, Ephrata. Interment will

follow in the Grandview Memorial Park, Annville, Lebanon County. A viewing

will be held from 6 to 8 PM, Friday, August 24 and also one hour prior to

services on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions in Bob's

memory be sent to Ephrata Community Hospital, PO Box 1002, Ephrata, PA

17522. Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes, Akron/Ephrata. For

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