Merrill R. “Mike” Race

Merrill R. "Mike" Race

Benton Center - Age 92, of Benton Center, NY passed away January 29, 2021.

The family will receive friends and relatives at Weldon Funeral Home, 102 E. Main St., Penn Yan on Tuesday (Feb. 2) from 4pm-6pm; followed by a funeral service at 6pm. Burial will be held at Lakeview Cemetery, to be announced.

Mike was born Oct. 7, 1928 in Penn Yan, son of the late Milton and Oral Race. He served in the Army-Air Corps starting in 1946. He was stationed at different bases and was the first ever to use the fax machine in Washington, DC and later stationed at the Air Force base in Rome, NY, where he was the weatherman. Mike loved to play baseball, and even owned and sponsored a winning team for many years, the Benton Bombers. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, who loved his family dearly. Mike owned and operated Benton Motors from 1954-1999. He collected Antique Cars and belonged to several car clubs; including the National AACA, Wayne Drumlin Antique Car Club, Buick Club, and Cord Duesenberg Club.

He was predeceased by his parents and sons Jon Race and David Snyder. He was also predeceased by his brother Donald Race; brother-in-law James Rockwell; sister-in-law Connie Palmisano.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Patty (Barkley) Race; children, Gary Race of Penn Yan, Merrill (Patricia) Race of North Carolina, Brian (Veronica) Race of Bradford, Valeria (Chuck) Corson of North Carolina, Tina Erskine (Steven Rath) of Canandaigua, Milton (Brenda) Race of Geneva; daughter-in-law, Lisa Race of Penn Yan; sister Norma (Bill) Lunney of Lyons; sister-in-law Anna Race of Penn Yan; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations in his memory may be made to Benton Volunteer Fire Dept., 932 Rt. 1A, Penn Yan, NY 14527.

Posted online on February 03, 2021