Frank W. Benteman, 94, of Topeka, passed away Sunday, December 20, 2020.
He was born May 26, 1926, in Frankfort, Kansas, the son of Fritz and Erma (Kipp) Benteman. He received a High School Diploma from Frankfort High School.
He served in the Army during World War II as a PFC in the 79th Infantry Division, 313th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion. He was awarded a Purple Heart and the Cross of Lorraine. He gave many talks about his war experience at local schools and at the Eisenhower Library on the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
Frank petitioned the state to recognize the lives lost during World War II from Frankfort, Kansas. In 2006, after several years of Frank’s persistence, highway K-99 was renamed Frankfort Boys World War II Memorial Highway.
Frank was employed by Goodyear for 33 years, retiring in 1986.
Mr. Benteman was a member of the Second Presbyterian Church, of Topeka, American Legion Post 400 and URW Local 307. He enjoyed gardening, woodworking, and selling homemade crafts at craft shows with Ann. Frank was a friend to everyone he met.
Frank married Ann Timmerman on January 20, 1962 in Topeka, Kansas. Survivors include his wife; son, Bruce (Beth) Benteman; daughter, Sandy Lisius; grandchildren, Wyatt Benteman, Laura Benteman, Christine Verplanck; great granddaughter, Emily Montgomery and great-great granddaughter, Harley; siblings, Milton, George, Mabel, Martha and Florence. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Norman, Susie, Fritz, Lee, Bertha and Erma.
A Graveside Service will be 2:00 pm., Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at the Rochester Cemetery, 1200 NW Menninger Rd., Topeka. Memorial contributions may be made to Frankfort Community Foundation or Second Presbyterian Church, 210 NW Menninger Road, Topeka, KS, 66617.
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