Benjamin "Benjy" Cookson, III

December 17, 1948 - July 27, 2019
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Benjamin “Benjy” Cookson, III, 70, of New Philadelphia, passed away Saturday, July 27, 2019.

A son of Eunice Jean (Kiser) and the late Benjamin Cookson, Jr., Benjy was born December 17, 1948 in Dover.

Benjy graduated from New Philadelphia High School in 1967, and then joined the United States Navy Seabees ser…

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Benjamin “Benjy” Cookson, III, 70, of New Philadelphia, passed away Saturday, July 27, 2019.

A son of Eunice Jean (Kiser) and the late Benjamin Cookson, Jr., Benjy was born December 17, 1948 in Dover.

Benjy graduated from New Philadelphia High School in 1967, and then joined the United States Navy Seabees serving in Vietnam. Benjy served on the DMZ and operated bulldozers and served as a bomb sweeper.

Benjy was the proud owner and operator of Mr. “C” ‘s Drive-Thru after his military career concluded.

In 1953, Benjy’s father, the late Ben Cookson Jr., established Ben Cookson, Inc., a general highway contracting business. Benjy joined his father’s company as vice president, ultimately retiring as the owner and president. Amongst the most notable accomplishments of the company included the development of New Towne Mall and Buckeye Career Center. They also were involved in several highway and bridge projects across the state of Ohio including the Roswell Bypass and St. Rte. 542 to Atwood Lodge.

Benjy was a life member of the New Philadelphia Elks Lodge #510 where he served two terms as Exalted Ruler. He was also an avid golfer, bowler, and NASCAR fan. He took great pride in restoring a 1951 Chevy Bellaire, and enjoyed classic cars.

He is survived by his children, Benjamin (Rhonda) Cookson IV, Melissa Cookson, and Stephanie (Aaron) Carlisle; his mother, Eunice Jean Cookson; his siblings, Gloria Jean James and Marsha Rae (Butch) Nelson; his grandchildren, Benjamin Cookson V, Colby Cookson, and Kinsey and Cooper Carlisle; his best friend, Larry Krauss; former wife, Sandy Cookson; and 3 nephews and 1 niece.

Friends may call on Thursday, August 1, 2019 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Geib Funeral Center at Dover, 5600 N. Wooster Ave. The New Philadelphia Elks Lodge #510 will conduct services beginning at 7 p.m. A funeral service celebrating Benjy’s life will be held in the Dover funeral home on Friday beginning at 11 a.m. with Pastor Glenn Carlisle officiating. Burial will follow in Evergreen Burial Park at New Philadelphia where the Newcomerstown VFW will render military honors.

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Visitation Information

Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019

Time: 4:00 pm

End Time: 7:00 pm

Geib Funeral Center at Dover

Address:

5600 N Wooster Avenue, Dover, OH, 44622

NP Elks Lodge #510 will conduct services beginning at 7 pm.


Service Information

Date: Friday, August 2, 2019

Time: 11:00 am

Geib Funeral Center at Dover

Address:

5600 N Wooster Avenue, Dover, OH, 44622

Cemetery Information

Date: Friday, August 2, 2019

Time: 12:00 pm

Evergreen Burial Park

Address:

1520 Delaware Drive SE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

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Born: December 17, 1948
 
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Geib Funeral Home & Crematory

On behalf of the Geib Family and Staff, we offer our most sincere sympathy for your loss. We are honored to have been called upon to serve your family.

 

Tom Hisrich posted on 8/1/19

Eunice, Marsha,and Gloria It was a privilege to know Benjy, we enjoyed lunch many times at the Elks and I thought about him for his accomplishments and his service to our country.

 

Mike camp posted on 8/1/19

As a Patriot guard I thank you for your service to this country

 

Jack and Cathy King posted on 7/31/19

Aunt Teedy, Gloria, and Marsha, We're so sorry hear the news of Benjy's passing. Love, prayers, and hugs to you all.

 

Catherine Alexander posted on 7/31/19

Dear Aunt Eunice, Gloria and Marsha....so sorry to hear of the loss of Benjy. I remember fondly the fun times with the cousins on Union Avenue and at our house in Schoenbrunn and Navarre. Both Mom and Jimmy passed away this March. Prayers to all. Love, Cathy

 

Susan Doughten posted on 7/31/19

I’m so sorry for you loss. I went to high school with Benjy and missed seeing him at our 50th reunion. He was always full of fun and mischief.

 

Dick and Pat Bible posted on 7/31/19

Pat and I would like to express our condolences to the Cookson family for the passing of Benji. He and I have been friends for 50 plus years and have enjoyed many good times together. I will be out of town beginning tomorrow so I will be unable to attend calling but know that my thoughts and prayers will be with all of you during this difficult time.

 

Sally Perkins posted on 7/30/19

Please know you are in our thoughts at this time. I remember Benjy as a young man. Blessings.

 

Valerie Cookson posted on 7/29/19

Aunt Eunice, Gloria, Marsha, and Families, Sending My Deepest Sympathy. Benji was a great cousin. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Sending Love, Valerie

 

Cindy Nichols posted on 7/29/19

While at The Inn at Northwood Village, I was privileged to be a part of Benjy's care. He was such a fun guy and it brought joy to my soul everyday I went into work, knowing I'd see him, get to joke around with him, and make him shake his head at me as soon as he would see me, because he knew the nonsense I would do or say to get him to laugh or smile. He was one of a kind!

 

Pam Libertore Heil posted on 7/29/19

Benji was always such a nice guy. I have so many fond memories of him at NPHS- class of 67. My heartfelt condolences.

 

Sandra Gates posted on 7/29/19

Aunt Eunice, Gloria and Marsha, I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May Benji rest in peace.

 

Web Wallace III posted on 7/29/19

Love you Uncle Ben, I’m sorry I did not get to see you much. I miss our annual Christmas pics together, I hope your at peace. I will miss you, and love you always.

 

Pat Lombardo Morris posted on 7/29/19

My deepest Sympathy to all of you. My prayers and thoughts are with all of you. "Aunt" Pat

 

Rich and Joyce Gallagher posted on 7/29/19

So sorry for your loss. May he Rest In Peace.

 

Betty miller posted on 7/28/19

Our blessings to all our Ohio family aunt Eunice we love you. From your nevada love??????

 

Ron Rabbit Simmers posted on 7/28/19

Deepest sympathy to the family

 

Wendy McConnell posted on 7/28/19

Sorry for your loss! Thinking of you! Wendy

 

Mary Ann (Prince) Otte posted on 7/28/19

Much sympathy to the family. May peace and comfort surround you during this difficult time. Prayers to all.

 

Pat Herbert posted on 7/28/19

Our sympathy to you all ,love and hugs Stephanie Don and pat Herbert

 

Darla (Cookson) Carlisle posted on 7/28/19

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I was grateful for having the opportunity to care for Ben and to get to know him as both a resident and as a distant member of my family. I will keep him in my prayers, also.

 

frank. Leone posted on 7/28/19

To. The. Family. Of. Benjamin. Cookson. I’m. Soo. Very. Sorry. For. Your loss. You. Have. My. Deepest. Sympathy. In. This. Time. Of. Sorrow. And. Grief. Your. In. My. Deep. Prayers. And. Thoughts

 

Barbara Freshwater Davis posted on 7/28/19

Eunice, Gloria, Marsha...So very sorry for your loss! Have such wonderful memories of all on Union Avenue! Spontaneous cookouts, swimming, and great times. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. ????????

 

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