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Ivan Leslie Benedict
World War II veteran
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Ivan Leslie Benedict, 88, passed away September 20, 2010 at home after a long battle with cancer.

Ivan was born March 29, 1922 in Watson, Missouri. He settled in the SF Bay Area following his WW II service in the US Navy.  Ivan survived the attack and sinking of two different ships, the USS Chicago and USS Oakland.  Ivan had a natural ability to fix most mechanical items and after leaving the Navy used this ability to enjoy a long career at United Airlines as a mechanic.  

Ivan continued to use his mechanical abilities to help maintain his senior living community.  Ivan loved to be out of doors hiking, fishing or going for long drives in the country.  Tent camping in the local parks was a favorite way to spend his time off when he was working and post-retirement.  

Ivan is survived by his wife of 63 years, Donna, son James, daughter Nancy, grandchildren Jenny(Phil), Pam(Bill), Becky(Sean), Julie, Wayne Heaney, great-grandchildren Luke, Hailey, Kylie, Andrew, Brianna.  He is also survived by his sister Hazel and brother Gerry.  He was preceded in death by by his parents Leslie and Hazel and brothers Donald and Charles.  Ivan will be missed by many close friends from Camellia Gardens.  

A memorial service will be held at a later date at Camellia Gardens in Manteca, California.
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010