Ruskin, Florida- Chris Neal Bengtson, 65, a former longtime resident of Brattleboro died Saturday, February 25, 2017 in Florida.
Chris was born in South Bend, Indiana on December 18, 1951, the son of William and Willeda (Hupp) Bengtson. He attended elementary and junior high school in Indiana before moving to Brattleboro with his family in 1966. A graduate of Brattleboro Union High School, Class of 1970, he excelled in varsity sports and following graduation he went on to attend the University of Vermont.
Chris had been employed at the former BookPress in Brattleboro for many years and also worked as a bartender at the American Legion, Brattleboro Post #5. He relocated to Florida in 2000 where he met his partner Debbie Roush.
He was a member of the Palmetto American Legion, Post #325 and also held membership in the Ruskin Moose Lodge #813. Additionally he was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles serving as an officer and was known as an excellent, hardworking volunteer with the club.
Of his leisure time activities he enjoyed golfing, fishing and was an avid New England Patriots fan.
Chris was known for his spirit of friendship and was loved by everyone who knew him and will be deeply missed by all.
Survivors include his two children, son, Joel and daughter, Trista; his former wife, Carol Bengtson, his brother, Craig Bengtson, all of Brattleboro; and his beloved partner, Debbie Roush of Ruskin.
A memorial gathering in celebration of his life will be held on Sunday, March 19th from 1 to 3 P.M. at the American Legion on Linden Street. Those who plan on attending are encouraged to dress casual and bring a fond memory to share of Chris.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Chris's name may be made to the Windham County Humane Society, P.O. Box 397, Brattleboro, VT 05302.