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May 23, 1942 to July 27, 2017 - Verl Leo Benjamin, 75, suffered a sudden stroke and passed away peacefully at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center on July 27, 2017

Verl Leo Benjamin

Verl Leo Benjamin, 75, suffered a sudden stroke and passed away peacefully at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center on July 27, 2017, in Portland OR. He was born on May 23, 1942 in Raymond WA to Floyd and Helen Benjamin.

Verl served as a Clark County Deputy Sheriff and later earned his welding certification from Clark College. He quickly gained a reputation as one of the best welders in his field. He retired in 2004.

Verl married Joan Seekins in 1959 and they raised their two children, Rodney (Carey) Benjamin and Debbie (Chris) Hammond on a small farm in Camas, WA. Verl and Joan shared 33 years of marriage, before she passed away after a long battle with MS.

Verl met his second wife, Pam Jackson, in Gresham, OR and they were married May 1, 1999. Pam and Verl enjoyed 18 happy years together, traveling several times to Kauai, Hawaii and spending as much time as possible at their cozy beach cottage in Ocean Park, WA. Verl was a long time member of the Peninsula Moose Lodge. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, and he loved to dig razor clams.

Verl is survived and greatly missed by his wife, Pam; his children Rodney and Debbie; stepchildren Scott Jackson (Melissa), Derek Jackson (Bonnie), Charity Jackson, Bridget Pierce (Scott), and Brady Jackson (Ashley), several grandchildren, great grandchildren, and siblings Darold Benjamin, Fay Shorten, and Otto Raab. Verl is also greatly missed by his best buddy, Joey, who still waits by the back door for him to come home.

Verl was preceded in death by his first wife, Joan, and sister, Margie Floes of Vancouver.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m., Fri., Sept. 15, at East Hill Church, 701 N Main Avenue, Gresham OR. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Verl's life.

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