Robert Benesh, 76Robert “Bob” Frank Benesh, 76, died Monday, June 4, 2012, after a courageous battle with cancer, with his wife and daughter by his side.
Robert “Bob” Frank Benesh, 76, died Monday, June 4, 2012, after a courageous battle with cancer, with his wife and daughter by his side.
Bob was born March 20, 1936 to Frank and RoseMary (Dvorsak) Benesh. He was raised in Lake Reno Township on the family farm and graduated from Alexandria High School in 1954. On December 31, 1954 he enlisted into the United States Army and served his country in Germany for three years.
In 1958, Robert was united in marriage to Joann Aldrich. The couple lived in Iowa for a brief time before returning to the family farm in 1963. The couple was divorced in 1980.
Bob was married to Maxine Patrick in 1982; his high school sweetheart. They were able to share 30 wonderful years together.
All his life Bob was a farmer and he was very honored when the family farm became a Minnesota Century Farm.
In the mid 1960s he obtained his pilot’s license, which then became a passion of his. Bob was also an accomplished welder. He found satisfaction in creating things and gained a reputation throughout the neighborhood that he could fix almost anything.
He enjoyed traveling, visiting Hawaii, Cancun and Texas, but no place called him like Colorado.
After retiring from farming, he went on to become a seed salesman for Gold Country Seed. This turned into more than a hobby and Bob was their top salesman for many years. He received many honors and awards.
Bob also loved having lunch at the Ginger Bread Restaurant in Glenwood and supper on Tuesday evenings at the Forada Supper Club.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents; twin grandsons; and his stepfather, Mike Holo.
Robert is survived by his wife, Maxine; daughters, Sherryl (Dick) Zimmerman, Robin (Chris) Reimer; grandchildren, Jessica Zimmerman, Alyeska and Cameron Reimer. He will be missed by all of his extended family and many, many dear friends.
Funeral services were held Saturday, June 9 at Anderson Funeral Home. Burial was at Bohemian Independent Cemetery.
Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria; www.andersonfuneral.net.
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