Carl Bengston

Posted Online: Feb. 24, 2014, 5:25 pm
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Carl V. Bengston, 84, of Rock Island, died peacefully Friday, Feb 21, 2014, at Hammond-Henry Hospital Long-term Care Center in Geneseo, surrounded by loved ones.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb 27, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Moline. The family welcomes all to stay after the service for sharing memories and a luncheon. Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Rock Island, is assisting the family.
It was Carl's wishes that, in lieu of flowers, memorials be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church for building maintenance.
Carl was born April 4,1929, in Cleveland, Ohio, to the Rev Arthur Bengston and Myrtle Wessel Bengston. His family moved to Ridgway, Pa., in 1936. Carl often recalled his adventures in the wooded hills of Ridgway, with his dog Blackie, as some of the happiest in his life.
He moved to Aledo, where his father was called to serve the Lutheran parish. Carl graduated from Aledo High School in 1947, where he was president of his senior class, captain of his football team and later served as an alumni leader.
Carl excelled in all athletics, including basketball, track and wrestling, but football was his passion. He played football in Ridgway, at Rock Island and Aledo high schools, the University of Iowa and Augustana College and later for the semi-pro Quad Cities' Mohawks.
Carl married Shirley Ann Martins on Dec 17, 1950, residing in Rock Island over the 63 years of their marriage and raising four daughters.
He was an Army veteran of the Korean War, where he trained the Special Forces, from 1951 to 1953.
Carl was employed by John Deere Plow Planter for 38 years as a machine operator, retiring in 1987.
He was a devoted member and usher at Trinity Lutheran Church for 63 years, where he is well known for his smiling greetings, bear hugs and friendly teasing.
Carl enjoyed being at home with his family, outdoor barbecues, blueberry pie, telling stories from his colorful past and making friends wherever he went.
Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Shirley Bengston; daughters, Cynthia Higgins, Geneseo, Diane Mathew, Minneapolis, Minn., Lisa (Edward) Turner, Marysville, Wash., Cathy (Roger) Whitsell, Springfield, Ill.; brother, Wessel (Jackie) Bengston, Valparaiso, Ind.; grandchildren, Shawn (Lynn) Shipley, Seth Shipley, Signe Higgins, Emily (Jesse) Cagle, Julia Turner; great-granddaughter, Jade Cagle; nephew, Gunther Bengston, Omaha, Neb.; and several other greatly loved nephews and nieces.
Carl was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Norman Bengston; brothers-in-law, James Martins and Don Mason; and nephews, Craig and Daniel Martins.
Carl will be greatly missed by all who love him, and this love will hold us together until we meet again. Happy Trails, Ol' Dad!
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