Tryon "Ty" L. Benner

Born: Sun., Jan. 15, 1928
Died: Mon., May 18, 2020

Funeral Service


9:00 AM to 12:30 PM, Sun., May 24, 2020
Location: David M. Myers Funeral & Cremation Newport, Pa

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On May 18, 2020, Tryon “Ty” Lamont Benner loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather joined his Lord. He passed peacefully at UPMC Harrisburg with family by his side. He was born Jan 15, 1928 at home in East Salem, PA to the late Ray “Poppy” and Mary “Ma” (Sausman) Benner. He graduated from Thompsontown Intermediate School in 1945. He served his country as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army during WW II. He loved flying and earned his pilot’s license. Using the GI Bill, he graduated from Elizabethtown College in 1952 in Secondary Education and lettered in Soccer. After college he taught high school Biology and coached soccer. He went on to further his education at Bucknell and Penn State to become a high school Guidance Counselor. Tryon established the Iron Mountain Orchard and a Fruit Market that later blossomed into Benner’s Country Restaurant in Millerstown which he owned and operated for 40 years. Ty was also instrumental in the development of the Tuscanita Ski Resort in Thompsontown. In later years, he worked as a job coach/counselor for people with disabilities and refugee families. He then sold real estate and retired from Jack Gaughn. Ty had numerous other interests. He enjoyed music and singing, and participated in competitions as a member of the Keystone Capital Barbershop Chorus in Harrisburg for many years. Later he loved singing Kareoke. Ty was a founding member of the Thompsontown Lions Club, and previously attended Thompsontown Emmanuel Lutheran Church where he had served as a Sunday School Teacher and was a past member of the Church Council. He especially loved camping, boating and fishing at the bay with family and friends. He was very active and involved with his children, being one of the founding members and a coach for Pee Wee Football and Pee Wee Wrestling for eastern Juniata County. He also enjoyed attending sports to cheer on his children and most recently his grandchildren. Tryon is survived by his wife of 42 years, Mary M Benner; six children, Cindy Kerstetter and husband Dale, Eve Benner Kellenberger, Bryon Benner, Holly Benner Hodgson and husband Jeff, Ryan Benner and wife Czarlenne, and Tara Adlon and husband Aric; 12 grandchildren, Josh and wife Ashley, Joe and wife Kari, Miranda and husband Clay, Thad, Lydia, Raya, Jonathan, Braden, Trevor, Alexis, Cody, and Ariya; and 4 great grandchildren, Mason, Eisley, Porter, and C.J. ; his sister Shirley Aumiller, his brother Don and wife Emma Benner; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins; all of whom he loved dearly. The viewing is planned at the David Myers Funeral Home in Newport, PA on Sunday, May 24 th from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM where social distancing and masks are appreciated. Due to Covid, the family will not be in attendance at the viewing. If you are not comfortable attending the viewing, we would love for you to go the David Myers Funeral Home website to tell us how you knew Tryon or to share a story about him. A private graveside service will be conducted after the viewing. At a later date, a public “Celebration of Life” will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Central Pa Down Syndrome Awareness Group (CPADSAG), 175 Briarwood Lane, Carlisle, PA 17015 and online at or to the Juniata County Veterans Council, P.O. Box 1, Mifflintown, Pa. 17059 and online at


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Adib Alabsi
   Posted Wed May 20, 2020
My dearest friend and mentor Ty, We will miss you so much. Over the 23 years that I have known you, You were like a father to me and my family. You were a very lovable,passionate and big heart that touched us all. We will always remember you.Rest in Peace.

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