William Daniel “Bill” VanBenschoten, 69, of Cleveland, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013.
He was born on Dec. 27, 1943, to the late Walter P. and Dorothy H. VanBenschoten in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
He graduated from Arlington High School in 1962 and went on to receive numerous academic degrees including a Master of Arts from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City and an Educational Doctorate from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J.
In 1969, he married Mary Jane Harper and they made their home in Pleasant Valley, N.Y. He was a lifelong member of Faith Assembly of God Church, Poughkeepsie, where he served as church treasurer for more than 30 years. Upon moving to Cleveland, the VanBenschotens attended Westmore Church of God.
He was employed by the New York State Department of Corrections for 25 years as a teacher, educational director and deputy superintendent.
As the first heart transplant recipient at Albany Medical Center in Albany, N.Y., he was an advocate for organ donation. He was an avid sports fan and devoted father and grandfather.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Mary Jane VanBenschoten; and brother, Wallace VanBenschoten.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Jane Harper VanBenschoten; sons and daughters-in-law: William and Megan VanBenschoten of Richmond, Va. and David and Anna VanBenschoten of Richmond; and his daughter and son-in-law, Rebecca and Tom Marino of Cleveland; six beloved grandsons: Tommy Marino, Matthew Marino, Ryan Marino, Carter VanBenschoten, Lucas VanBenschoten and Andrew VanBenschoten; his twin brother, Walter VanBenschoten of Richmond; and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be held at Grissom Funeral Home, Mark S. Grissom, Funeral Director, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, with Pastors Kelvin Page and Wendell Smith of Westmore Church of God officiating.
Interment will be at the convenience of the family at Crum Elbow Rural Cemetery in Hyde Park, NY.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home prior to the service.
We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the VanBenschoten family guest book at www.grissomfh.net.