Tryon ‘Ty’ Lamont Benner
On May 18, 2020, Tryon “Ty” Lamont Benner, loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather joined his Lord. He passed peacefully at UPMC Harrisburg with family by his side.
He was born Jan. 15, 1928, at home in East Salem, to the late Ray “Poppy” and Mary “Ma” (Sausman) Benner.
He graduated from Thompsontown Intermediate School in 1945. He served his country as a sergeant in the U.S. Army during WWII. He loved flying and earned his pilot’s license. Using the GI Bill, he graduated from Elizabethtown College in 1952, with a degree in secondary education and lettered in soccer. After college, he taught high school biology and coached soccer.
He went on to further his education at Bucknell and Penn State to become a high school guidance counselor.
Tryon established the Iron Mountain Orchard and a fruit market that later blossomed into Benner’s Country Restaurant in Millerstown, which he owned and operated for 40 years. Ty was also instrumental in the development of the Tuscanita Ski Resort in Thompsontown. In later years, he worked as a job coach/counselor for people with disabilities and refugee families. He then sold real estate and retired from Jack Gaughn.
Ty had numerous other interests. He enjoyed music and singing and participated in competitions as a member of the Keystone Capital Barbershop Chorus in Harrisburg for many years. Later he loved singing karaoke. Ty was a founding member of the Thompsontown Lions Club and previously attended Thompsontown Emmanuel Lutheran Church where he served as a Sunday School teacher and was a past member of the church council.
He especially loved camping, boating and fishing at the bay with family and friends. He was very active and involved with his children, being one of the founding members and a coach for pee wee football and pee wee wrestling for eastern Juniata County. He also enjoyed attending sports to cheer on his children and most recently his grandchildren.
Tryon is survived by his wife of 42 years, Mary M Benner; six children, Cindy Kerstetter and husband, Dale, Eve Benner, Kellenberger, Bryon Benner, Holly Benner Hodgson and husband, Jeff, Ryan Benner and wife, Czarlenne, and Tara Adlon and husband, Aric; 12 grandchildren, Josh and wife, Ashley, Joe and wife, Kari, Miranda and husband, Clay, Thad, Lydia, Raya, Jonathan, Braden, Trevor, Alexis, Cody and Ariya; and four great-grandchildren, Mason, Eisley, Porter and C.J.; his sister, Shirley Aumiller; his brother, Don and wife, Emma Benner; and many nieces, nephews and cousins; all of whom he loved dearly.
The viewing is planned from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday May 24, 2020, at the David Myers Funeral Home in Newport, where social distancing and masks are appreciated.
Due to COVID-19, the family will not be in attendance at the viewing. If you are not comfortable attending the viewing, we would love for you to go the David Myers Funeral Home website to tell us how you knew Tryon or to share a story about him.
A private graveside service will be conducted after the viewing. At a later date, a public celebration of life will be held.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Central Pennsylvania Down Syndrome Awareness Group (CPADSAG), 175 Briarwood Lane, Carlisle, PA 17015 and online at http://cpadsag.org. or to the Juniata County Veterans Council, P.O. Box 1, Mifflintown, PA 17059 and online at https://www.jcveteransco uncil.org.