Obituary: Thomas Bruce BenKinney (Dec. 8, 1956 – Jan. 14, 2014)

By Submitted January 20, 2014 05:50 pm

Thomas Bruce BenKinney
Thomas Bruce BenKinney
Thomas Bruce BenKinney was born Dec. 8, 1956, in Quakertown, Pa., and died in Eureka on Jan. 14, 2014, at age 57. He graduated Wilkes College, Wilkes Barre, Pa., with a BS in chemistry and graduated Miami of Ohio University, Ohio, with a MS in chemistry. He was employed over the past 30-plus years initially as a chemist and for most of his career as an MNR specialist. He was most recently employed by Toshiba and was Manager of Hospital Equipment Operations at St. Joseph Hospital, Eureka; Mad River Hospital, Arcata; Redwood Memorial Hospital, Fortuna; Fort Bragg Hospital, Fort Bragg; Ukiah Hospital, Ukiah and Shasta Medical Center, Redding. Tom also assisted Toshiba colleagues across the country and in Japan.

Tom is survived by his wife, Ellen J. BenKinney of Kneeland; father Bruce BenKinney of Pennsylvania/Arizona; brother James BenKinney of Pennsylvania; sisters Susan BenKinney Schwab of Pennsylvania and Marie BenKinney of Texas; nephew Jacob BenKinney of Pennsylvania and step-son Robert A. White.  

He was preceded in death by his mother, Arlene BenKinney.

Memorial service will be at Sanders Funeral Home, 1835 E Street, Eureka, on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 at 2 p.m. with Pastor Cassie Wyland officiating. A reception will follow at the family home.  

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.