Arthur Andrew Bengtson

February 7, 1915 - December 15, 2009

Arthur Andrew Bengtson, age 94, of McKinney, Texas, passed away December 15, 2009. He was born on February 7, 1915 in McPherson, Kansas, to David Andrew and Edith (Burk) Bengtson. He married Claire Johnson on June 14, 1936 at the New Gottland Lutheran Church, in New Gottland, Kansas. On November 28, 1982 Arthur married Louise Rosinbaum in McKinney, Texas. He was a member of Community North Baptist Church, in McKinney, Texas. He was very involved with North Baptist Church toy makers who made toys for Scottish Rite Hospital and underprivileged children in the community. Arthur is survived by wife Louise; sons, David Bengtson and wife Ruth of Van Alstyne, Texas, Richard Bengtson and wife, Pam of Irving, Texas; daughters, Mary Jo Pease of McKinney, Texas, Katharine Malinowski of McKinney, Texas; stepson, Gene Rosinbaum and wife Kathy, of Mauk, Georgia; eleven grandchildren; twenty five great grandchildren; brother Paul Bengtson and wife Joyce, of Phoenix, Arizona; sisters, Margaret Simmons and husband Vin, of Wichita, Kansas, and Joan Nutter and husband Ed, of Wichita, Kansas; sister-in-laws, Sonja Willey of Salina, Kansas, Grace and husband J.A. Summers, of Cedar Hill, Texas; numerous nieces, nephews, and other loving relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents, David Andrew and Edith Burk Bengtson; first wife, Claire Johnson Bengtson; grandson, Greg Pease; son-in-law, Leo Malinowski; brother, Ralph Bengtson; sisters, Edna Stevens and husband Rex, and Ann Carr and husband Dick. Pallbearers will be grandsons. Memorials may be made to the Community North Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm, on Saturday, December 19, 2009, at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Chapel in Allen, Texas with Dr. Bruce Austin officiating. Interment will follow at Ridgeview Memorial Park. The family will receive friends during a visitation held one hour prior to the funeral service. Arthur will lie in state all day on Friday at the funeral home for friends to pay their respects and sign the register. To convey condolences or to sign an online registry, please visit

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Deepest sympathy to David, Mary Jo, Katharine, and Richard. I have the fondest memories of Art, Claire, and their children! Love, Martha Elliott Martha Ann Elliott (nee Anderson), January 1, 2010 Mr Bengston was such a warm, kind, gentleman. He always had a sweet smile for us when we entered North Baptist Church. He will be missed. God Bless Pinkie Benton, December 22, 2009 David and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Your dad was a precious man. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all. Denice Webb, December 20, 2009 So sorry to hear of the death of my first cousin, Arthur, a very special man. Eunice & Mel Tarum, McPherson, KS Eunice & Mel Tarum, December 19, 2009 We extend our most sincere condolences to your family at this sad time. The funeral service was beautiful and gave us such lovely insight into what a wonderful man Arthur Bengtson was. God bless you. Dennis & Lydia Janda, December 19, 2009 Richard and Pam, Melanie and I are sorry to hear of the loss of your father, Arthur. May God bless you and strengthen you during this time. We never had the privilage to meet him but we know he must have been one fine person because he sure raised one fine son. Dennis Rueffer, December 18, 2009 I have such wonderful memories of Uncle Arthur. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sadness. Amy Leann Schochler, December 18, 2009 Sorry for the loss of such a dear loved one. Tom and Mary Chapman, December 17, 2009 So sorry for your loss Pat Shaw, December 17, 2009 My most vivid memory of Uncle Arthur was of him working on Grandpa's two tractors. A 1928 Oliver and a WWII vintage Allis Chalmers row crop. Uncle Arthur was a fine mechanic and, doubtless, the best of the Bengtson storytellers. All of us admired him for his carpentry work and, of course, his farming skills. Who cannot remember his laughter? Of course there were many sorrows in his life, but mostly he was a happy, contented and loyal Christian man who loved his family. I think that we in the family regarded him to be the one who was most wholly Swedish and a gentle protector of the Bengtson name and its family history. My best wishes to David, Mary Jo, Katherine and Richard. I know how they must be grieving their father's death. We will all miss him. Rex Patrick Rex Patrick Stevens, December 17, 2009