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Don Nolan Benslay
June 14, 1931 December 24, 2016

Formerly of Stayton, OR - Don Nolan Benslay, 85, passed away December 24th in Salem.  He was born in Cleveland, Ohio to Charles and Mary Benslay.  Don was married to Mary Lea Mullins on Nov. 11, 1952 in Coos Bay, Oregon.  He served in the US Army as a Corporal during the Korean Conflict.  He attended Oregon State University and received his Bachelor and Master degrees in Pharmacology. Don was a member of Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity. He worked as a Pharmacologist in Pharmaceutical Research for the Eli Lilly Company in Indianapolis for 31 years before retiring in 2002. Together they moved to Stayton.  He enjoyed computers, assisting with Church activities and reading, especially about political issues. 

In addition to his beloved wife, Mary of Salem, he is survived by his children, Marian (Roger) Johnson of Maricopa, AZ, Charles (Liza) Benslay of Bremerton, WA, David (Monthira) Benslay of Indianapolis, IN, Garrett (Lisa) Benslay of Kingford, CA;  6 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his; parents, brother, Richard; and sisters, Charlene, Marian and Lois.

Funeral service with military honors will be held Thurs. Dec. 29th at 2:00 pm at Weddle Funeral Chapel, Stayton.  Interment will be in Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, Oregon.  Memorials may be made to the Oregon State Pharmacy School.

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