Raymond Rojas Benavides

July 19, 1943January 8, 2021

Raymond R. "Ray" Benavides, 77, was born in Phoenix, Arizona on July 19, 1943 and passed away on January 8, 2021.

He enlisted in the US Navy on April 1, 1963 and served honorably until 1967. His last assignment was on the USS Enterprise.

For 37 years he built aircraft engines at Garrett Air Research in Phoenix (now Honeywell). Going to his job everyday, he said "was like going to my own hobby shop". He was proud of his work.

Ray was predeceased by his parents, Ramon and Alicia Benavides, and sister, Margie Sanchez. He is survived by Elsa, his wife of 52 years. Daughters, Connie Lukemire and Kristy McManus; grandson, Robert Lukemire; granddaughter, Eva Rae McManus; brother, Henry Benavides; sisters, Terry Benavides, Gloria Swab, Sally Benavides and his furry companions Kishka and Bella.

He will be missed by his family including nieces and nephews. The boys will miss him on their hunting excursions.

Graveside service will be at Greenwood Cemetery on Tuesday, January 26, 10AM with military honors.


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Raymond Rojas Benavides

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Rico Jr. Fragoso

January 23, 2021

My deepest condolences to you, Ray, and to Elsa, Connie and Kristy. Although I hadn't seen you in many years, I still remember your voice and smile. Your love of life, God, and family was so genuine that I remember wanting to live a life like yours, full of smiles and happiness. May God bless you and the family, and continue to watch over them as you sit beside our Father. God speed, Ray.

Kristina Sanchez

January 14, 2021

Our family will forever remain strong together and will share in the journey to finding peace after this difficult loss ♡