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Stephen Benya
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Birth: Aug. 25, 1912
New York, USA
Death: Aug. 23, 1996
California, USA

Son of John & Frances Benya who were Slovakian immigrants to the US. Steve grew up on the family farm called "Happy Landings Farm" in Brookfield, Conneticut with his sisters; Helen (Gereg), Frances, and Ruth (Hampton).

He wasn't cut out for the farm life like his parents. He set his sights and goals as high as he could way beyond that. Not that farming is bad or benieth him. He would never forget or discredit what he had learned from his folks or life there. He would use all those skills and use them to the best of his ability and he did and then-some! Open-ness, kindness and desire were key traits he inhearited from his parents. Personality! He used it in everything he did as we all do. I'm sure his folks; John and Frances also must of incouraged him every step of the way. He was like a rocket that could only progress upwards.

He graduated from Brookfield HS about 1930.

He graduated from Parks Air College of Illinois in 1933 with an Aircraft & Engine Mechanic's licence and a privite pilots licence.

After college he moved to North Beach, NY and joined Curtis-Wright Aeronautics at what is now La Guardia Airport.

In 1934 he worked for Trans-World Airways to work on DC-2s and Ford Tri Motors in Kansas City and Newark.

In 1937 he had a tremendous oppertunity and moved to California where he worked for Douglas Aircraft Company. He would end up staying there for the rest of his career!

He worked on the flight line and helped produce some of the most important and inavative aircraft in the world! These included; DC-3, DC-4, DC-6, DC-7, B-18 and B-23.

He then transfered to the Experimental Flight Test Dept where as a flight engineer. He monitered the aircrafts complete system operation from take off to landing. He did this on DC-4 through DC-10. He was also involved in training flight engineers.

In 1970 he became Chief Flight Engineer.

He became Branch Manager of Flight Ops in 1976.

In 1977 he retired.

On Dec 28 1940 Steve married Margaret Josephine Borrman with whom he had two fine sons; Paul and John. They were a close knit family and Steve and Margaret taught and inspired their boys to be doers and thinkers by their actions and deeds at work and at play.

Steve was a kind and wonderful man of whom it seemed everyone liked! If you met him, you liked him because he openly and kindly accepted you instantly! And, it was not a facaud. It was genuine 100% Steve! It's also I'm sure what made him so very sucessful in life. A smile can go a long ways, but a smile and acceptance and caring meaningful conversation are skillful tools that he had mastered. Heck he was just a nice guy and people ment something to him.

Bio composed from family history by his brother-in-law Bob Hampton & son Paul Benya. Flavor added to taste by me.

It was beyond a real pleasure to meet and know Steve. He was inspiring to me because of his background in the field of aircraft. Especially the incredible things he had done at Boeing just blew me away! A test pilot on aircraft that I had marveled at since infancy! When I first met him it was back in 1978 because he's my wifes uncle. He had already completed his carrear then, just! I was just starting out in the aircraft field as a mech and was beyond open mouth gapeing awe-inspired by his accomplishments. He was like a Chuck Yeager! He was so leaps and bounds beyond me in ability and intelligence that I was amazed I could even be in the same room with him. He met me and talked with me as if we were equals and it impressed me to no end at the politness and care that he would talk to me without seeming or acting superieor or arogant. Like I said it blew me away to say the least! What a guy! What a wonderful human being with such ability. I think he was one of the most amazing people I've ever got to meet and talk with. If I had to do it all over again I'd try to get more advise from him on how I should advance in my life like he did perhaps. Of course his family like stated earlier were all gems. You couldn't help but be a gem being around the likes of Steven Benya. A truely wonderful man. 
Family links: 
  John Benya (1890 - 1980)
  Franciska Bortnik Benya (1889 - 1967)
  Margaret Josephine Borrman Benya (1920 - 2013)*
  Helen Benya Gereg (1911 - 2009)*
  Stephen Benya (1912 - 1996)
  Frances Benya (1915 - 2000)*
*Calculated relationship
Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.
Created by: SD Braddy
Record added: Jul 13, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 39431610
Stephen Benya
Added by: SD Braddy
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I marveled at your acomplishments in the aircraft field.
- SD Braddy
 Added: Dec. 22, 2011
In Memory!
- Judy Green
 Added: Mar. 4, 2011
It was an honor to have known you.
- SD Braddy
 Added: Jul. 13, 2009

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