Clarence J. Benke
December 11, 1923 – August 28, 2013
Clarence J. Benke, of Marlin, entered into rest Wednesday, August 28, 2013 in Goldthwaite. Visitation will be Friday, August 30 from 6-8PM with a rosary to be recited at 7PM at Adams Funeral Home in Marlin. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, August 31 at 10AM at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Marlin with burial to follow at Hillcrest Cemetery.
Clarence was born December 11, 1923 in Lott, Texas to Joseph G. and Anna Marie (Tepe) Benke. He attended schools in Otto and Marlin and received his GED in Blythe, CA. Clarence joined the military, serving his county in the US Army. He worked as a heavy equipment operator for 35 + years, 20 of those years being with the Metro Water District, where he retired from in January of 1979. Clarence was a member of the Knights of Columbus and a devoted member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church where he sang in the choir for many years, often making visits to the nursing homes in the area and presenting the residents with his gift of song. He really loved music and played the fiddle in a country & western band. Clarence also enjoyed being outdoors and would often watch the thunderheads roll in as a storm was approaching. He was extremely attentive and interested in what the weather was going to do.
Clarence was all about family and loved spending time with his. He felt that family needed to be together as much as possible. He enjoyed capturing memories by taking photos and videos. After retirement, Clarence traveled and would often visit Silverton, CO.
Clarence is preceded in death by his parents; 4 sisters, Rosalie Kroll, Dorothea Kunkel, Clara Powers, Anna Glockzin; wife, Dorothy Benke; son, Clarence Joe Benke, Jr.; and great-grandchild, Ariana Kathryn Garza.
He leaves behind to cherish his memory his children, Kathy A. Greensage and husband Billy of Marlin and Daniel Benke and wife Di Ann of Joshua Tree, CA; 2nd wife, Charlotte Anne Benke of Alamo, TX; grandchildren, Jake Benke of Pennsylvania, Jessica Jaimes of Uhland, Daniel Benke, Jimmy Benke, John Benke and Matthew Benke all of Joshua Tree, CA; great-grandchildren, Briana Garza of Austin and Kaitlin Womack of Uhland. Clarence will also be missed by his sister, Mary Ann Roberts and husband Billy of Marlin as well as numerous nieces, nephews and dear friends.
Contributions and memorials in Clarence’s name may be made to Families of Hillcrest Cemetery, PO Box 553, Marlin, TX 76661.
- Visitation Friday, August 30, 2013
- Rosary Friday, August 30, 2013
- Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, August 31, 2013
Clarence J. Benke
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September 11, 2013
Dear family of Clarence, I had the distinct pleasure of knowing Clarence since 1995, during our visits and time together had many conversations about every subject one can think of, and all were meaningful.Of all the people I have met in my lifetime I am proud to have known Calence and he represents what is "good" in mankind. i k\know that he loved his family and would anything for anyone that he could to make life better.He always treated me with respect and will be missed always. My very best wishes to the family during this time but have no doubt that Clarence is with his maker in heaven,probably grading the road to make it easier for those that follow. Sincerely Patrick Snook
August 30, 2013
Kathy and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time, Know that Mr Benke is in a better place and will be waiting for you all to join him one day. I remember well when he used to sing and play in the choir in church. He was always a nice person. He will be greatly missed.
David, Donna, Marissa Fitz
A W Radle
August 30, 2013
Dear family of Clarence... knowing that every person will some day leave this World and go to meet our Savior, it is still difficult to accept it when this occasion happens. Clarence and his dad taught me a lot about music, how to play the guitar, etc. - those are fond memories that I will have forever.
May the good Lord bless you at this very trying time and may the perpetual light shine on the soul of Clarence.
My love to all.
A W Radle