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Frederick Benns

Frederick Benns, age 90, of Pinckneyville, formerly of St. David, passed away on Sunday, March 1 at 9:46 p.m. in his home. Freddie was born August 23, 1929 in St. David, IL, a son to Edward and Frances (Mustred) Benns. On November 22, 1952, Freddie married Clara “Pat” Mason in Canton and she survives. He proudly served in the United States Army in the Korean War. Freddie was a member of the First Christian Church, Pinckneyville and the U.M.W.A. He enjoyed gardening, camping, fishing and playing cards. His greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren and attending their activities. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Clara “Pat” Benns of Pinckneyville; one daughter, Lou (Darrell) McCombs of Pinckneyville; two grandchildren, Darren (Stephanie) McCombs of Newburgh, IN and Dustin (Mindy) McCombs of Mt. Juliet TN; two great-grandchildren, Harper McCombs and Tate McCombs; two brothers-in-law, Larry (Rosemary) Mason and Charlie (Vickie) Mason; one sister-in-law, Doretta Mason; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and one sister, Donna Ayres. A private family memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to American Parkinson Disease Association. Pyatt Funeral Home, Pinckneyville has been entrusted with arrangements. For more information or to sign an online guest register please visit

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