Clifford Allie (Bud) Benson, Jr. passed on peacefully to be with the Lord and join his family and friends on March 3, 2009. He is preceded in death by his parents Clifford Allie, Sr. and Naomi Benson as well as his sister, Jackie Webb. He is survived by his wife of 53 years Katherine Benson, daughter Becky Heinsohn, (Tommy), Buda, sons Clayton Benson of Rock-port, and Dobie Benson (Judy) of Blanco and four grandsons Nathan and Matthew Heinsohn of Austin and Robin and Clifford Benson of Blanco, and many others.
Bud was born in Dallas, Texas on February 1st, 1929. The Benson family moved to Corpus Christi in 1930. He graduated from Corpus Christi High School, attended college and was a member of the Kappa Alpha fraternity. He enlisted in the Air Force during the Korean Conflict. 1st Lt. Benson served his tour of duty as pilot, under the TAC Control Group Mosquito Squadron #6147. Following his return from Korea, it was rumored he occasionally buzzed the Benson Family reunion grounds with his airplane. After honorable discharge, he returned to college to receive his BBA degree from University of Corpus Christi.
Bud was a medical supply salesman for the Corpus Christi and South Texas area for 45 years. Following the Benson family tradition, Bud taught his children and grandchildren the rewards of hunting and fishing. He also loved playing golf.
Bud was active in the Corpus Christi Lodge #189, later transferring to Blanco Masonic Lodge #216 and a member of the Alamin Shrine. He studied art at the University of Texas and volunteered his talents as an artist to the Padre Island National Seashore. He was also very active in the coastal art community serving as a volunteer for the Corpus Christi, Flour Bluff and Port Aransas Art Community Centers.
He was a kind, loving husband, father and friend, who will be truly missed.
Visitation will be Thursday, March 5 from 5pm to 7pm at Crofts Funeral Home in Blanco, Texas. Funeral Services will be Friday, March 6, 2pm with graveside services to follow at the Blanco Cemetery.