|Birth: ||Jun. 2, 1914|
|Death: ||Mar. 6, 2010|
A CELEBRATION OF MY LIFE.
Lloyd Harry Benecke, 95, Denmark, passed away peacefully with his family at his side and entered eternal life into the presence of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, 6 March, 2010.
He was born on 2 June, 1914, in Fontenoy, to the late Heinrich (Henry) and Mary (Hebel) Benecke.
Lloyd married Audrey (Johnson) Albright on 8 May, 1948, at Calvary Lutheran Church in Denmark. Lloyd and Audrey enjoyed 50 years together before Audrey passed away on 6 July, 1998.
Lloyd is survived by two children, Linda (Benecke) Rusche, Madison; and John Benecke and wife, Barb, De Pere. Surviving grandchildren are Debbie (Rusche) Young and husband, Austin, Wadsworth, Ohio; and Liz (Benecke) Johnson and husband, Michael, De Pere. Surviving great-grandchildren, are Debby, Greg, Gwendolyn, and Natalie Young and Ian, Mason, and Parker Benecke; and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by sister-in-law, Joan Buth, sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Lorraine and Gus Lukas, and sister-in-law, Mary Johnson.
Lloyd was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Audrey; brother and sister-in-law, Earl and Valborg Benecke; and sister and brother-in-law, Grace and James Larsen; and grandson Phillip Rusche. He is also preceded in death by brothers-in-law, Ralph Buth and William Johnson, and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Vernon and Theo Johnson.
Lloyd was born in the Fontenoy tavern owned by his father and delivered by Dr. Vosberg. That day there was a major flood and the doctor could not get back to Denmark.
He completed grade 8 at the Fontenoy Normal School. He helped at home on the farm until 1930. In 1930, he began working as a cheesemaker in the Benecke Cheese Factory in Fontenoy and also continued helping at home on the farm.
On 1 Jan., 1943, he entered the United States Army at Camp McCoy and trained in Louisiana and California. He was a Technician Fifth Grade and was with Company B, 1394th Engineers Construction Battalion. He was deployed to the Solomon Islands, Gaudalcanal, and Phillipines, Leyte and Cebu. Meritorious unit awards included Philippines Liberation Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Service Medal, and the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Service Medal.
After serving his country and being honorably discharged in 1946, he returned to cheese making for a short time and then operated heavy equipment, was a machinist, and for the longer term worked in the propane gas business. He retired from the propane gas business in 1979.
Dad was an excellent mason, carpenter, and mechanic. Far above all of these things he was loving, caring, and compassionate husband, father, and friend who loved his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ with all his heart and reflected that love of Christ to others. He was always ready to lend a hand to help. He was a model of what it meant to be a man.
Lloyd was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church located at the East Danish Cemetery near Fontenoy which in 1955, became Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Denmark his entire life. He served on the church council. He was the handyman when the church needed remodeling.
He was also a very active member of the Johnson-Herschman American Legion Post in Denmark. He was the handyman when the old Zeitler restaurant became the new post facility.
He and Audrey liked to dance to big bands and polka music. They spent 11 winters in Hawaii after their first trip there in 1976. He liked fishing and deer hunting. He enjoyed watching the Brewers and Packers. He traveled to all 50 states, most of which were visited with his daughter, Linda, and the District of Columbia with his son, John. Linda and Dad visited many national parks and one of the highlights of their travels was a trip to Alaska.
He saw the World War II Memorial and the other memorials and monuments on the Mall in D.C. and also the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum and the Holocaust Museum and Mount Vernon.
Family and friends may call Friday, 12 March, 2010, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Knutson & Cotter Funeral Home, 536 County Road R, Denmark, WI, 54208. Visitation will continue Saturday, 13 March, 2010, at Christ Lutheran Church, 503 Grand Avenue, Denmark, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Service of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. with military rites to follow at the church. Interment will follow at the East Danish Cemetery. Food and fellowship will follow the interment for family and friends. A memorial fund is being established.
Lloyd's family would like to extend a special and heartfelt thank you to Dr. Brad Wozney of Bellin Health and the palliative care doctor, John MacDonald, and nurses and staff at Bellin Health and to Unity Hospice doctor, Amy James, and nurses and staff for their love and compassion while attending to Dad's health needs.
Henry Benecke (1879 - 1972)
Mary Benecke (1886 - 1968)
Audrey Benecke (1922 - ____)
Earl Benecke (1910 - 1977)*
Lloyd Harry Benecke (1914 - 2010)
Created by: J.R.P.
Record added: Mar 10, 2010
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