Wilton J. ‘Ben’ Benoit
Navy chief petty officer

Wilton J. “Ben” Benoit, a 26-year Navy veteran who retired in 1974 as a yeoman chief petty officer, died June 10 at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda. He was 81.

The cause was cancer, said his daughter, Suzanne Malone.

After his Navy retirement, Mr. Benoit worked 20 years for Vitro Laboratories in Rockville, specializing in benefits in the department of human resources.

Wilton Joseph Benoit was born in Rayne, La. He joined the Navy in 1948 and served in a Naval intelligence unit at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe and later in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. His decorations included the Navy Achievement Medal.

He was a Rockville resident and a member of the Catholic Shrine of St. Jude in Rockville.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Rita Mary Wells Benoit of Rockville; a daughter, Suzanne Malone of Woodbridge; and two grandchildren.

— Bart Barnes