Robert "Bob" Benbow, 56, went to be with God on Saturday, April 15, 2006 at Hutchinson Hospital.
He was born on February 24, 1950 in Garden City, KS to Edwin and Ruth Holmes Benbow. Moved to Hutchinson in 1955.
He attended Hutchinson High School and Hutchinson Community College. As a State and Federal Certified Welder, he was employed at Grainspouting and Elevators; Fabricators Inc.; Lackey Construction and Superior Boilers. He then opened Classic Cleaning in Hutchinson. He was a former member of the Hutchinson Treasure Hunters, member of the American Society of Marble Collectors, and he and his daughter, Carrie, were active in bottle shows all around the State of Kansas. He was the manager of the band Tumbleweed, he ran light and sound and sang with the group from 1975 to1980. He was an avid antique collector, artist, singer, songwriter, musician and poet.
On June 13, 1970 he married Carolyn McElravy in Hutchinson. They had two daughters, Carrie, married to Greg Wellborn, Wichita, KS and Sarah, married to Nelson Butt, Phoenix, AZ.
He married Susan Rottering Dunn on November 3, 1988 in Hutchinson. With this marriage Bob added two sons to his life, Ken Dunn who is married to Gwen, Acworth, GA and Jason Dunn who is married to Melissa, Chandler, AZ.
He is also survived by four grandchildren, Caty, Curt, Renee and Matthew and three sisters, Nancy Caldwell and her husband Jim, Winston, MO, Judy Spence and Patty Hawkinson and her husband Leonard "Hawk", both in Hutchinson.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be held at 2;00 PM on Tuesday at Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home & Crematory.
Interment will follow in Fairlawn Burial Park.
In lieu of flowers memorials to First Call For Help in care of the funeral home would be appreciated. Visitation will be from 1:00 to 9:00 PM on Monday at the funeral home. The family will meet friends at the funeral home on Monday evening between 5:00 and 7:00 PM.
Interment: Fairlawn Burial Park
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