May 11, 1966 ~ October 25, 2015
Robert (Bob) Benke, a loving husband, dad, brother and friend, has passed away in a tragic death on Oct. 25th, 2015 in Alcoa, Tennessee at the age of 49. Bob was 1 of 4 children born to Sharon (Dempsey) Benke and Stephen Benke on May 11, 1966 in Blend, New Mexico.
Fifteen years ago Bob decided to move to Tennessee even though he always considered Caldwell his home. Eleven years ago he met Kim and 6 years ago they married.
As a child he thought living with 3 sisters, he wouldn't survive! But he knew Barb, Bren and Bonnie loved him and would protect him. Growing up he loved playing sports and proudly graduated with the Class of 1984.
If Robert wasn't home, you could always find him with the "Prewitt Boys", Jay Cole or on the "One Way" playing football! Whenever you saw him, he'd always have a smirky smile on his face, one of the many things his family will miss.
Later in his life, he had a beautiful daughter Jessica, with Sherry. Jessica gave him 2 beautiful granddaughters, Jett and Athena.
Robert was preceded in death by his father Stephen Benke and brother-in-law Art Guerra.
Survivors include his loving mom, Sharon Benke; sisters, Barb Albright (Ron), Bren Zitsch and Bonnie Guerra; daughter, Jessica Draper and granddaughters, Jett and Athena; his wife Kim Benke; Uncle, John Flint; Nieces, Crystal Mingle, Jennifer Conrady (Kelly), and Margarita Guerra (Cy), Nephews, Brandon Zitsch (Toni), Kai Zitsch, Christopher Mingle (Cerina), Weigand Guerra, Tommy Guerra, Art Jr. Guerra, and Dave Raborn (Ashley); many great nieces and nephews.
Bob will be missed by all that knew him.
Memorials may be made to the Robert Benke memorial fund In care of Impact Bank, to help with funeral expenses.
A memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 28, 2015 at the Schaeffer Mortuary Chapel, Caldwell, Kansas.
You will always have a
Kim Benke, Bubb... - 11/05/2015
You will always have a special place in my heart...We spent many years together, good and bad...Left us too early, but ur in a better place...The dogs are missing their long walks and morning kisses, RIP Robert ❤
Barbara Albright - 11/05/2015
There will always be a special place in my heart to remember you always. You will be greatly missed by you big sister. I will love you always. Thank you for being my baby brother.
Bonnie Guerra - 11/05/2015
My dearest brother I love you always and forever! I will miss everything about you. But I know I will have one of the best angels anyone can have.
Bob a Brother has a special
Ron Albright - 11/05/2015
Bob a Brother has a special place in the structure of a family especially with three sisters and by the way they remember you, that space you occupied you fulfilled it well and just as you have that special place down here on earth , God has a special place for you in Heaven for brothers that are so honored by their families .
Bob, there will always be a
Barbara Albright - 11/05/2015
Bob, there will always be a special place in my heart to remember you always. You will be greatly missed by your big sister. I will love you always.
No words can take away your
Bonnie Gibson - 11/05/2015
No words can take away your pain, may you find comfort and peace. Bobby was one of a kind that's for sure, that's what made him....him. I will never forget him, we grew up together from grade school until we graduated and will always cherish the memories! May you rest in peace and you and Dale stay out of trouble in Heaven!
I am sorry to hear of Bobby's
Dana Lowe - 11/06/2015
I am sorry to hear of Bobby's passing. Thoughts & Prayers for the family.
My Brother/My Friend
Bren Zitsch - 11/22/2015
And as Thanksgiving Day approaches, i think about the drive to Caldwell (HOME) -a very difficult one to make...I think of all we shared, what memories...Truly blessed. And may you know my BROTHER, I shall always remember you, cherish you, feel you....AND CARRY YOU FOREVER, til we see one another again
Missing a classmate
Mary Kolarik - 11/25/2015
I went to school with Bobby for 13 years and will always remember a mischeveous basketball player! Mom and Grandma both loved to watch him play, and I loved it when he came back to the bench to see how many assists he had! The best was that grin of his when he was able to toss the ball against an opposing player so it went out of bounds on them!
May his family and friends find peace during this difficult time and may Bobby find peace.
To the Family
Debbie Green-Barnes - 11/28/2015
I know hat the past few weeks have brought more questions than answers along with a lot of why's. I hope that each of you find some peace today and feel the love, which Bobby had ,for each ine of you in your heart. My prayers,love,and thoughs are with each of you ! May the comfort of the Lord surround all of you !
Steve Adams - 02/27/2016
Bob was a crazy kid! There aren't too many childhood memories that don't involve him in one way or another! Thoughts and prayers go out to all of his family while dealing with this loss.
I am so sorry
Doug white - 05/25/2017
I just now found out on google. Me and Robert were best friends for many years. Girls went crazy over his long hair. I met his sister Bonnie. Bonnie I am on Facebook. Get ahold of me. Love you guys. I miss you Robert. See you soon.