William Benning, engineering executive

Posted: March 07, 2014

William A. Benning, 76, of Malvern, a project engineer who rose to become an executive for a valve manufacturing company, died Saturday, March 1, of cancer at home.

Before retiring in 1999, Mr. Benning was employed for 43 years by the same company, Darling Valve & Manufacturing Co. in Williamsport, Pa. He was hired as a project engineer in 1956.

The firm started out making fire hydrants and over time became a valve maker for various industries. Mr. Benning changed with the times and "just was a loyal, loyal guy," said his wife, the former Jean E. Nardi.

When Darling became Anchor-Darling Valve Co. in 1970, Mr. Benning was transferred to San Francisco as president and general manager of Anchor Valve Co., a subsidiary in nearby Hayward.

In 1974, he was named a senior vice president of Anchor-Darling and returned to the Philadelphia suburbs.

Over the next 25 years, he served at various times as president and general manager of the firm's subsidiaries, including Anchor Actuator Co. in Kulpsville, Dynadamp in Hatfield, and Bouvier Hydro Power in Old Bridge, N.J.

In retirement, he became a management consultant to Bouvier in Wynnewood and Voest Alpine Tech Hydro in Austria. The companies manufacture components for valves in turbines.

Born in Williamsport, Mr. Benning graduated in 1955 from Williamsport High School. He attained the rank of Eagle Scout, and in his teens held jobs at the Boy Scouts' Camp Kline on Pine Creek in Lycoming County.

Mr. Benning graduated from Lehigh University in 1959 with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. In 1960, he married his high school sweetheart.

For 18 years ending in 1997, he served on the Municipal Authority of East Whiteland Township.

He was an active member of SS. Philip and James Catholic Church in Exton, where for the last 15 years he was lead usher at noon Mass on Sundays.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Benning is survived by sons Gregory W., Mark A., and David J., and two grandchildren.

A Funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 8, at SS. Philip and James Church, 107 N. Ship Rd., Exton. The family will greet friends after the service in the church vestibule. Interment will be at 1 p.m. Monday, March 10, in Wildwood Cemetery, Williamsport. Donations may be made to the Benning Scholarship, Bucknell University, 301 Market St., Suite 2, Attn: R.G.P., Lewisburg, Pa. 17837.



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