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In Memory of Arlyn Benoy

A Gathering of Family and Friends

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sunday December 26, 2021
O'Connell Family Funeral Home
520 11th Street South
Hudson WI, 54016

Celebration of Life

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Monday December 27, 2021
United Methodist Church - Hudson
1401 Laurel Ave, Hudson, WI 54016

Arlyn Leroy Benoy, age 88, lifelong resident of Hudson, Wisconsin passed away Wednesday, December 22, 2021 at Hudson Hospital. 


Arlyn was a friendly and familiar face in town.  He was born March 30, 1933 to parents Kenneth and Alice (Baker) Benoy. He lived with his parents and brothers his whole childhood on the family farm.  He attended Roberts High School. After graduation he farmed with his Dad, hauled beer for several years and later went on to start his own flooring business Arlyn’s Carpet Service.  Arlyn also played drums in the band The Valley Boys. The band played in many dance halls and Arlyn’s favorites were Brenneman’s and The Red Rooster.


Arlyn’s love for dancing is how he meet his future wife, Sue Smith.  They met at the Prom Ballroom in St. Paul, MN and have been dancing together ever since.   Arlyn and Sue married November 17, 1962 and in their 59 years of marriage they were blessed with 3 children.  Being a Dad and Grandpa was one of Arlyn’s most cherished roles. They raised their children on Arlyn’s family farm also known to many as “Benoy Hill.”  


Arlyn got along with everyone. He had the ability to sit down with a stranger and talk for hours.  With his quick-witted personality, he was always telling jokes and trying to get a laugh.  Many described him as the life of the party. He will be missed by all those who knew him.


Arlyn will remain in the hearts of his loving wife Sue Benoy; children Arlys (Jim) Lankey, Duane (Michelle) Benoy and Doreen Benoy; grandchildren Brigitte Benoy (Caroline Klisanich), Jesse (Chloe) Benoy, Halee Benoy, Gabby Thompson and Izzy Thomspon; brother-in-law Marvin Dusek; sister-in-law Catherine Benoy; many nieces, nephews, other family, neighbors and friends. 


He was preceded in death by his parents Kenneth and Alice Benoy; brothers Verlyn Benoy and Wayne Benoy; brother-in-law David Smith; and sisters-in-law Margie Smith, Helen Benoy and Elaine Dusek.


A visitation to honor Arlyn’s life will take place 3:00 p.m-5:00 p.m. Sunday, December 26, 2021 at O’Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson, WI.  A Celebration of Life will take place the following day Monday, December 27 at 11:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Hudson, WI.  Visitation to take place one hour prior. Burial will be at Willow River Cemetery.

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    • To the entire Benoy family,

      Our heartfelt condolences to your family. Arlyn was an amazing man. Always had a smile on his face and always brought a smile to others’ faces. I will miss his wit, humor, and overall personality. Sue, we send our love and prayers your way. Arlys, Reenie, and Duane, your dad was amazing, and wish you all love and peace. Brigitte, Jesse, and Halee, we are sending hugs and love to you all during this difficult time. We are so sorry for your loss of a truly great man.

      Love, Kirk, Tammy, and Collin Erikstrup

    • So sorry Sue and Family. Sympathy sent. We will truly miss seeing and visiting with Arlyn at the dances. Such a pleasant and happy man. Best wishes!

    • So very sorry to hear of Arlyn’s death… We were in Hudson High School together, so have known him for years… Sympathy and prayers sent to the family….

    • So sorry for your loss. I have many memories of his days with the valley boys as we hardly missed a dance. May he rest in peace.

    • My condolences and prayers for Sue and family. We will miss him at the dances and remember him for his great sense of humor.

    • Your husband Sue and your father Doreen, Duane and Arlys has always been a inspiration to all he meets. His smile will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
      Wendy Ober, Ernie, Shannon, Rob Spinks