Weather Forecast




Carl O. Benson, 78, Park Rapids passed away peacefully Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 at Heritage Cottage in Park Rapids.

Carl Oscar Benson, son of Carl and Estrid (Olson) Benson, was born Jan. 30, 1935 in Grand Forks, N.D. and grew up in Larimore, N.D. He attended North Dakota State University in Fargo, N.D. and graduated with a degree in pharmacy.

He worked as a pharmacist for almost 50 years in Redwood Falls, Alexandria, Sauk Centre and most recently in Morris, where he owned and operated Benson Drug for 30 years.

Carl was united in marriage to Greta Kampen Aug. 18, 1962. The couple moved to Morris in 1970, where they raised their sons. Greta died Aug. 10, 1986. Carl continued to live in Morris before moving to Park Rapids.

Carl was honored to be appointed to the Minnesota State Pharmacy Board, including a term as president. He served in the Army and was a member of the Shriners and the Masons. He loved hunting and fishing, backpacking, spending time at his lake cabin, and watching his sons play sports.

He is survived by his two sons, Dr. David (Linda) Benson of Park Rapids and John (Laura) Benson of Medina; three grandchildren, Matthew, Marcus and Sydney.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Greta: parents, Carl and Estrid Benson; and sister, Consuelo Carruthers.

Funeral service: 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 30, at First Lutheran Church in Morris. Rev. Paul Erdal officiated.

Visitation: was held 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris and for one hour prior to the services at the church on Monday.

Burial: Summit Cemetery in Morris.

Military honors were provided by the Morris American Legion, VFW and AmVets.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the Alzheimer's Association.

Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris was in charge of the arrangements. To send condolences to the family visit