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Harding Funeral Home
Friday January 31st, 2020
6:30pm - 8:30pm

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St. Nicholas Catholic Church
Saturday February 1st, 2020

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Dale Benninger

Dale D. Benninger, 71, of Bath, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Muhlenberg Campus.   He was the husband of Jane E. (Chobot) Benninger; they celebrated 50 years of marriage on August 23.
Born in Slatington on December 23, 1948, Dale was the son of the late Carl and Gladys (Huth) Benninger.  He was a graduate of Slatington High School, and then from Kutztown in 1970 with a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics.
At the young age of 17, Dale began working in the trucking industry where he spent most of his career in sales.    Throughout his career, he was employed for various trucking companies including Conway Trucking from where he retired in 2016.   An active member of the community, Dale was former president and current secretary of the Slatington Lions Club, former president of the Lehigh Valley Traffic Club, member of the Slatington Masonic Lodge #440 F & AM, the Slatington Moose Lodge, Bath Republican Club, Bath Fire House, Emerald Fire Company, Slatington Skeet Club and spent many years playing rugby for Allentown Rugby Club.
He was a parishioner of St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Berlinsville, where he sang in the choir, and participated in the church Cantata as Pontius Pilate.  Dale was also an eagle scout.
In addition to his wife Jane, he is survived by daughters: April and husband Kevin Schlichting. Nicole Benninger and fiancé Bill Lenny, Jodi and husband Alan Hartzell, Jr.; Grandchildren: Lauren and husband Nick Vangeli, Dylan & Sadie Schlichting, Karissa & Alanna Hartzell; Brothers; Wayne Benninger and wife Susan, Bryan Benninger and wife Cindy; Sister: Sue Ann and husband Dan Pechacek; Father in Law: Michael Chobot; Sister in Law: Patricia Chobot.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 AM on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, 1152 Oak Rd, Walnutport, Calling hours 6:30 to 8:30PM Friday, January 31, at Harding Funeral Home, 25-27 N. Second Street, Slatington.  In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to either St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or the Slatington Lions Club.

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Knew Dale a long time Working for trucking co. Dale was friend also. .He will be missed by many .This is also batman his wife will know about this .Thank you Dale .                              Ken Stephens

Ken Stephens Feb 1 2020 12:00 AM

I have known Dale since 1992He was a great representative of Con-way and was responsible for the outstanding growth we had over the yearsHe was a great local citizen as well always taking a leadership role in versions civic groupsHe will be sorely missedMy thoughts and prayers are with your family during this very difficult time

Paul berg Jan 31 2020 12:00 AM

Dale was a great friend and neighbor...I think back to the many times we enjoyed together, our for runs around Klecknersville, playing Raqueball and just sharing time together talking about business and the day we looked forward to most, retirement...he was a great guy, full of fun and enjoyed life to the fullest. He loved his family and was a dedicated husband and father...he was a good influence on my two children as well. To say he will be missed is an understatement. My thoughts and prayers are with Jane, Jodi, Nicole, April and the rest of the family.

Jeff Rogers Jan 30 2020 12:00 AM

Deeply saddened today to hear of this loss...dale and I went way back in the glory days of ccx and con-way freight.  I've lost a longtime cohort and friend. My sincere condolences to the family.

Randy rupp Jan 30 2020 12:00 AM

Im so sorry to hear the news about Dale. Ive know Dale for many years and was fortunate to call him a friend and a great employee. My fondest memories was working with Dale making sales calls on our customers. I would sit back and watch Dale be Dale. Customers treated him like family and he knew everyone! really! Whenever Dale's name would come up in conversation at work we referred to him as" The Mayor"! We often spoke of our personal lives and I was aways amazed at Dale's reach into the community and love of Family! God Bless you all .

Bill LItty Jan 30 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Jane and family please accept our sincere condolences in the loss of Dale. We have so many great memories of you and Dale and as with Ed and Toot you two have added so much more to our lives by having been our friends. We will never forget those parties and fun times. Please take care of yourself and your lovely family. Sincerely

Gus and Sue Guedes Jan 30 2020 12:00 AM

Jane and family. I consider myself extremely lucky to have worked with Dale several times in my career. He joined my team at Jevic and after a year, came to me in tears telling me that he had to resign. The reason - he could not keep up with the travel demands because he was committed to HIS FAMILY. That's the person he was... I always admired that he always put family first. He will be sorely missed. God Bless you all.

Mark Casiano Jan 28 2020 12:00 AM

Jane,Nicole,& Family,My heartfelt sympathy & many prayers for you all on your tremendous loss of your beloved & wonderful Husband & Father.May God Bless & comfort you all as you grieve.

Joan Lockwood Smith Jan 28 2020 12:00 AM

So very sorry to hear this news-he was a long time friend of ours-he will be missed greatly. He will be in our thoughts and prayers always.

JOAN & JOHN BRITTON Jan 27 2020 12:00 AM

Jane, where do I begin? So many wonderful times and much laughter. He and Jim are now playing One Fat Hen! Love to you and your family, he will be missed.

Sue Rule Jan 27 2020 12:00 AM

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