- Published: October 19, 2017
Affectionately known as “Donny Boy” and “Baines” to his longtime friends and family, his life began in Yellow Springs July 16, 1934. He was the seventh child born to Chester and Helen Benning. Don is survived by his eldest brother, Charles Benning; his son and daughter-in-law, Duncan Benning and Rebecca Zapien; and his two grandchildren, Camilla and Benito, all of whom reside in Tucson, Ariz. In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by his siblings Chester, Andy, Neil, Bonnie and Simmie.
Don was a beloved father, grandfather, sibling, uncle and friend to many throughout the community of Yellow Springs and beyond. He graduated from Bryan High School in 1953, was an Air Force veteran, an avid cyclist and photographer, and he loved to shoot pool. His love of music and being outdoors could often be seen in his pictures.
Don worked at Antioch College, Montgomery County Health Department, the Transportation Security Administration and briefly as a professional photographer. No matter where he worked, Don always seemed to find lasting friendships and meaningful stories.
An informal reception of remembrance will be held on Sunday, Oct. 22, at Central Chapel AME Family and Life Center from 2 to 4 p.m., and a more formal gathering will be held July 2018; details to follow.
Please consider a donation to the Glen Helen Nature Preserve or the ACLU in place of flowers.