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Merlyn Mick Benson,   Age 88
Funeral Time: Sunday, May 7, 2023 at 2:00 PM
Funeral Location: First United Methodist Church, Sartell, Minnesota
Burial Location: First United Methodist Church Memorial Garden, Sartell, MN
    Merlyn “Mick” J. Benson, 88
    Sartell, MN
    July 1, 1934 – February 8, 2023
     Merlyn “Mick” J. Benson, age 88, Sartell, MN, died Wednesday, February 8, 2023 at Edenbrook of St. Cloud.
     Funeral services will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Sartell, Minnesota at 2:00 p.m. May 7. Interment will be in the First United Methodist Memorial Garden. Memorials are preferred to the First United Methodist Church.
     Mick was born July 1, 1934 in Worthington, MN to Merlyn J. and Wilma G. (Smith) Benson. He graduated from Worthington High School in South Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mick served in the United States Army Military Police Unit from October 1954 to October 1956. Mick received BS and MS degrees in Art Education from St. Cloud State University. Mick was employed as a high school art teacher and artist.
     As an artist, watercolor was Mick’s preferred medium and representational art was his preferred focus. Mick favored painting landscapes, seascapes, raptors, flowers and buildings with historical character. In 1998, Mick was awarded merit honors at the Minnesota State Fair for his watercolor of two Percheron horses pulling a plow. Most recently he was awarded “signature status” by the Red River Watercolor Society for acceptance in their show three times. He received top honors for his watercolors “Borglum Windmill”, “Haida Totem Pole” and his favorite painting of a young horned owl.
     On August 30, 1986, Mick married Jessie Dell Greenstreet Harper in St. Cloud, Minnesota. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Sartell, Minnesota. Mick is survived by his loving wife, Jessie Harper of Sartell, MN; son Mark Benson of California; daughter Michelle (Greg) Curtis of California; three grandchildren Chase, Kendra, and Carly; and sister Nancy of Arizona. He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters Diane and Sue.
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