Melvin C. Benhoff Sr., 73, owned construction firms

December 14, 2004

Melvin C. Benhoff Sr., who owned and operated several companies that constructed roads, erected buildings and recycled building materials, died of heart failure Wednesday at Easton Memorial Hospital. He was 73 and lived in Grasonville.

Mr. Benhoff was born in Baltimore and raised on Parkside Drive in Gardenville. He was a 1949 graduate of Polytechnic Institute and served in the Marine Corps in Korea from 1952 to 1954.

He was a surveyor for Baltimore County and an estimator and superintendent for Harry T. Campbell & Sons Inc. before establishing Melvin C. Benhoff & Sons, a road construction company, in 1967.

In 1983, he founded Northpoint Builders Inc., which constructed commercial buildings, and in 1989, he started Norpoint Enterprises. Norpoint specialized in concrete crushing and recycling construction materials.

A former longtime Lutherville resident, Mr. Benhoff had lived in Grasonville since 1994 and was semiretired from the businesses that are still owned and operated by his family.

His professional memberships included the Maryland Highway Contractors Association and Baltimore County Highway Contractors.

Mr. Benhoff was a member of the board of Bradford Bank from 1977 to 2002.

He was a member of the First Church of Christ Scientist.

Services were held yesterday.

Mr. Benhoff is survived by his wife of 52 years, the former Patricia T. Phebus; four sons, Melvin C. Benhoff Jr. of Cockeysville, Patrick K. Benhoff of Phoenix, Baltimore County, Michael F. Benhoff of Monkton and Daniel J. Benhoff of Easton; and 12 grandchildren.

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