Howard A. Benavides Sr.

January 20, 1946September 4, 2020

Howard Allen Benavides Sr., 74 was called home to the Lord on the 4th of September 2020. He is survived by His wife Sylvia R. Benavides, 2 sons Joseph Benjamin and Howard A. Benavides Jr. [Melissa, Kyle Allen and Dean Allen], Step-son Daniel, Brother Roy C. Benavides [Laurie, Natalie, Emily and Abigail], Sister Sandra Benavides-Penny and numerous family, cousins and friends. Howard is preceded in death by his Parents Roy Winn Benavides, Marjorie Graf Benavides and daughter Cecilia Ann. He was a decorated Veteran of the US Navy and the US Naval Reserves. He had 2 tours in Vietnam while serving aboard the USS Monticello [LSD 35].

He was also proud to have been a member of the US Naval Construction Battalions known as the Seabee’s. He was a member of NCB22 in the San Antonio area.

He received the following decorations during his time in the US Navy. National Defense Service Medal, Navy Rifle Marksmanship Ribbon, Navy Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Good Conduct Medal, navy “E” Ribbon with “E” device, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, Combat Action Ribbon, Vietnam Service Medal and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. Howard was proud to have served his country in the US Navy and loved all things related to the Navy and “His ship” the Monticello. Howard had also received orders to go to the Gulf War however, those orders were cancelled prior to him shipping out. He was also proud to have served his community as a Volunteer Firefighter. He served at Harmony Volunteer Fire Department then moved to the Kirby Fire Department. He received many hours of training and was willing to learn new firefighting techniques.

He also worked part-time for many years at the Alamodome. He started as an Usher and Ticket Taker and was promoted to Usher Supervisor and Floor Supervisor.

He was an active member of the Converse Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association. He served terms as Vice President and Then President of the Association and was also a Life Member. He was an Active member of the Knight’s of Columbus. He was a Third Degree Knight as well as served as an Outside Guard within the St. Joan of Arc Council 10181.

He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to either the Kirby Fire Department or the Converse Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association.


  • Visitation

    Thursday, September 17, 2020

  • Visitation with a Rosary at 10:00 A.M.

    Thursday, September 17, 2020

  • Funeral Mass

    Thursday, September 17, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, September 17, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Thursday, September 17, 2020

  • Interment

    Thursday, September 17, 2020


Howard A. Benavides Sr.

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Tom Cuff

November 21, 2020

I remember Howard on the Monticello. If I remember correctly he was a shipfitter or pipefitter. I was a machinist mate. Did not know him good but a very familiar face onboard. I can picture him on the 02 deck?? by the ship, pipe fitter shop. Rest In Peace Howard. May God Speed. Anchor up, full speed ahead.

Johnny Montez

September 16, 2020

Howard was an awesome person and longtime friend of myself and my wife. We were very saddened when we heard of his death. There is no doubt in my mind that he is in Heaven with our Lord. Our condolences and prayers go out to Joseph and Family and Sylvia. May He Rest In Peace. We Love You Howard.

Ruben Rodriguez (Rod-DC2)

September 15, 2020

Joseph we were sadden by the death of Howard. May God’s blessings be with you and your family. Hope you find some comfort in knowing that you and your family are in our prayers.

Johnny Duffek

September 15, 2020

I was sorry to hear of his passing. I cannot remember a time that Howard didn’t have a smile or a kind word to say. He was always the first to volunteer for anything and never failed to step up in any and all situations. He was such a great asset not only to the Kirby VFD , but also to the city itself. He will surely be missed!! My condolences to you, Joseph, and the rest of your family. RIP Howard the Duck .

Nancy Reisdorph

September 14, 2020

Howard was a wonderful man he my husband was in the fire department for together Howard was always there to help with the picnic in the parade and I enjoyed him being Santa Claus for Christmas for the children I will miss him he will always be in my heart and in my mind I loved his salsa he would make



Howard Allen Benavides, Sr., 74, was called by the Lord on September 04, 2020. He is survived by his wife, Sylvia Rodriguez Benavides, one stepson, extended step grandchildren, two sons, Howard, Jr. and Joseph Benjamin and siblings, Roy Benavides and Sandra Penny.

He was a proud Navy Vietnam Veteran, a Knights of Columbus member, an Alumni member of the Converse Police Department and had a history of volunteering with the Kirby Fire Department. He always had a generous heart with people he met as well as family members.

There will be a private burial at Fort Sam with immediate family only. It is the wish of the family in lieu of flowers to make contributions to the Kirby Fire Department or the Converse Police Department.