Benton L. “Benny” Brown, 89, of Mendota died Dec. 5, 2013, in Mendota Lutheran Home. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday in Holy Cross Church, Mendota with the Rev. Tom Otto officiating. Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, Mendota. Visitation is 2-5 p.m. Sunday in Merritt Funeral Home, Mendota. He was born Nov. 12, 1924, in Mendota to Fred and Grace (Parks) Brown. He married Marian Maloy on Jan. 3, 1948, in Holy Cross Church, Mendota. He graduated from Mendota High School in 1942 and LPO Junior College in 1947. He served as a flight engineer with the U.S. Navy from 1943-46 and was stationed in the Pacific for 23 months. He owned and operated Fred Brown and Sons as a building contractor and developer of Mendota Lake Subdvision prior to his retirement in 1989. He was a member of Holy Cross Church, a life member of Mendota Elks Lodge 1212, charter member of the Mendota VFW Post 4079 and member of the Mendota American Legion. He was a past member of the Mendota Golf Club and served at one time with Mendota Area Chamber of Commerce. He is survived by his wife Marian of Mendota; one daughter, Susan (Alan) Urso of Earlville; two grandchildren, Daniel (Susan) Bohn of Rockton and Amy Bohn of Atlanta, Ga.; two greatgrandsons, Adam and Casey Bohn; one sister, Marjean (Louis) Lovgren of LaMoille; and one brother-in-law, Rev. Dale Maloy of Mendota. He was preceded in death by one brother, Arthur Brown, a sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Force who was killed in service to his country on July 24, 1944. Memorials may be directed to Mendota Lutheran Home.