John "Ben" Mershon, 73, of Punta Gorda, Fla., passed away Wednesday, July 2, 2003, at his residence in Punta Gorda.
Mr. Mershon was born July 14, 1929, in Sullivan, Ind. He served in the U.S. Navy for 23 years and was a chief yeoman. He served during the Korean War and the Vietnam War. His duty stations included Norfolk, Va.; Key West, Fla.; Oceana, Va.; Indianapolis, Ind.; New London, Conn.; Oahu, Hawaii and Guam. He retired in 1970. He was a member of the Fleet Reserve Association, Punta Gorda Lodge 115, F&AM, Scottish Rite if Freemasonry, Valley of Fort Myers, and VFW Post 110 in Port Charlotte, Fla. Ben taught chip carving at the Cultural Center of and throughout Charlotte County. He moved to Port Charlotte from South Bend, Ind. , in 1970, where he resided until relocating to Fort Ogden, Fla., in 1980. He moved to Punta Gorda in 2002.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Martha J. Mershon of Punta Gorda; two daughters, Sandy (Al) Benker of Punta Gorda and Debbie (Bob) Stephenson of Port Charlotte; two sisters, Joyce Mercer of Bradenton, Fla., and Sue Vanzo of Brazil, Ind.; and two grandchildren, April and Neil Stephenson, both of Port Charlotte.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 7, 2003 at Fort Ogden Cemetery, Fort Ogden, with the Rev. Carol Hartman officiating. The U.S. Naval Reserve will accord military honors directly following ministerial services.
Donations may be made to Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238.
Kays-Ponger Funeral Home, Port Charlotte, Fla., chapel, took care of the arrangements.