Jack L. Benner, 73, Firestone executive

April 01, 2005

Jack L. Benner, a retired Firestone executive, died of respiratory failure Tuesday at Howard County General Hospital. He was 73, and a resident of the Valley Mede section of Ellicott City.

Born in Northumberland, Pa., he earned a bachelor's degree in business at Drexel Institute of Technology in Philadelphia before serving in the Army during the Korean War.

He initially moved to Baltimore in the early 1960s and was transferred several times before moving to Howard County in 1986.

Mr. Benner joined Firestone as a salesman, and rose to become president of its Automotive Supply Co. subsidiary and general manager of the parent company's East Coast operations before retiring in 1989.

Mr. Benner played golf at Turf Valley Country Club, and accomplished a hole-in-one. He also followed Penn State football.

Services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Witzke Funeral Home of Ellicott City, 4112 Old Columbia Pike.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, the former Vera Fertig; three daughters, Cynthia Chandler of Phoenix, Baltimore County, Linda Smith of Richfield, Ohio, and Myra L. Wieman of Ellicott City; a brother, James Benner of Sunbury, Pa.; a sister, Joanne Riess of Wallingford, Pa.; and seven grandchildren.

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