Joseph Nathanael Bensch, 63, of Yakima, Washington, went to be with the Lord on December 7, 2013 at Swedish Hospital in Seattle.
Joseph was born in Soap Lake, Washington on December 26, 1949 to Grace and Herbert Bensch. He began working at an early age, along with his older brother Jonathan. In 1968 Joseph joined the Navy and served his country in Vietnam and the South Pacific from 1968-1972.
Joseph worked at Longview Fibre Company for 40 years. A firm believer in the old adage, "the pen is mightier than the sword", Joseph spent long hours writing editorials and political essays many of which were featured in the Yakima Herald. An active church member, Joseph dedicated himself to improving the world around him through his charitable giving. He was a loving Father and husband who put the needs of others before himself.
He was preceded in death by his parents Grace Hoy and Herbert Bensch; as well as his brother Jaime.
He is survived by his wife Kyung Sook Bensch, and their children; Soneya, Joseph, Joshua, Jason, and Dowhan; his grandchildren Jayden and Jaymes; his siblings Jonathan, Susanna, Rebekah, Michael, Mary, Steven, Timothy, Andrew, and Mark; numerous nieces and nephews; and many close friends.
Visitation will be Thursday, December 12, 2013, from 4:00-8:00p.m. at Keith & Keith Funeral Home. A Funeral Service will be Friday, December 13, 2013, at 11:00a.m. at Rainier Memorial Center with burial to follow at Terrace Heights Memorial Park.
To celebrate the life, and share a memory of Joseph, visit www.keithandkeith.com.