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Ridge Funeral Home

6620 West Archer Ave, Chicago, IL

OBITUARY

Eugene M. Benware

November 16, 1947March 9, 2020
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Eugene M. Benware, "Benny Benware", age 72 was a proud Marine of the United States of America. He passed away comfortably in the arms of his wife of 47 years Kathleen (Brabec) and surrounded by his loving family members on Monday, March 9, 2020. He leaves behind his sisters Kathleen (Ted) Dobrocky, Joan (the late Tom) Allen (Dear friend Ron Krawczyk), and the late Pat (the late Ken Sr.) Kazaitis, brother Joseph Benware. He was the brother-in-law to George Kolerich, the late Greg (Liz) Kolerich, and Karl (Val) Doyle, Pam (the late Mike) Reese, and the late Cindy Kolerich. Loving Godfather to Laura Flynn, Ken Kazaitis Jr., and Pattie Gatons. Loving uncle to many nieces and nephews and their children. Gene also leaves behind many special friends from the Veteran groups at Hines V.A. Hospital and many close friends from his yearly Marine reunions who he formed close relationships with. A visitation will be held Saturday, March 14, 2020 from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Ridge Funeral Home, (Edward A. Tylka ,Manager/Director) 6620 West Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60638. Funeral Services will be held Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 11:00 AM at the funeral home. Burial will take place privately. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.ridgefh.com for the Benware family. For further information please call (773) 586-7900.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, March 14, 2020
  • Funeral Service Sunday, March 15, 2020

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Dee Stephens

March 22, 2020

My prayers to the family of Gene Benware. May your precious memories give you strength to move forward. My husband Terry Thompson and I knew him as "Turtle" when he was stationed in London England. My memories of the time that we knew him were very fond ones.

Dorian Dula

March 16, 2020

Benny, we'll miss you my friend. You always had a big smile on your face. Anne-Marie and I will miss you and the reunions won't be the same without you. I know how important the reunions were for you. We had some great times.

Keep watch for us until we can have our next reunion in heaven.

Semper Fi

Pattie Gatons

March 14, 2020

Rena Turner

March 14, 2020

Benny will always be a gentle kindness, leaving those who had the good fortune to meet him, a feeling that you are greater than you are.
My heartfelt sympathy to his wife, family, and friends.
Rena

Edward Ratcliffe

March 14, 2020

Benny,the reunions will not be the same without you,Marine.Our world just got smaller,your ability to always find the bright side of life put a smile on the faces of all that had the honor of meeting you.My condolences to your wife, family and friends. Until we meet on the other side,Semper Fi brother.

Tom Ladner

March 13, 2020

My name is Tom Ladner from Bristol, PA. Me and Benny were closer than most. We were both in 1st platoon. When we were in Hue City, me, him and Phil Vecchio we’re leaning against this wall when a rocket came in and hit the wall. The wall came down on us but we were alright. On a lighter note, when me and Benny were driving to a reunion we were going down a one way street the wrong way. Interesting!
Semper Fi Benny
Tom Ladner

Mike Short

March 13, 2020

Best dam radio man in Vietnam nam. Good marine and a better friend. Miss you a lot. Your brother, Mike

Tiffany Billich

March 12, 2020

I have known Gene since I was a kid both Gene and Kathy have been part of my family for more then 50 years he will be missed sincerely

"Doc" John Loudermilk

March 12, 2020

I believe it was on Hill 51 in Vietnam where I first met "Benny". The year was 1967. In California they were celebrating the "Summer of Love". We Marines and Corpsmen learned to trust and to love one another. We faced insurmountable odds and overcame many obstacles together. We were "brothers" and we watched each other's backs. I was the "Doc". "Benny" was our radioman. As corpsman I always walked behind "Benny" in our patrol formation.

Once we were out on patrol and a sniper's round hit the dirt between the two of us. All of the men in the squad jumped to the right and landed in a trench that ran along the path where we were walking. I heard "Benny" yell Ouch! I said "Benny" are you hit? He said no but I landed in some briars. No matter how dire the situation "Benny" could always find some levity. Like all of the men I learned to love "Benny" for what he meant to all of us. I'll never forget you buddy. You were an awesome Marine and a great friend. Thank you for the wonderful times we have enjoyed in your company at our Marine Reunions. Semper Fi, "Doc"

William ( Joe ) Andrews

March 11, 2020

I had the opportunity and honor to help Benny at a couple of the 1st Marine Division Reunions. Benny was a good man, one that I will always remember. Benny served his country as one of America’s Finest, a United States Marine. No more will you suffer but now Rest In Peace in God’s Heavenly Kingdom. Semper Fi, my Brother. Sgt. Joe Andrews

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