On August 1, 2021, David “Dave” Benda, 85, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his children, Joel and Jennifer Benda.
Dave was born October 28, 1935, to John and Cecilia Benda in Jackson County, Minnesota.
Dave was a foodie! He enjoyed trying new BBQ spots, brisket, and ribs from the smoker at home, Catrick’s Cafe every Sunday after mass, except when his beloved daughter was home then it was IHOP, and Taco Tuesday at the Eagles. He was the most genuine and loving person you knew, sometimes offering no filter from the words that came from his mouth, but that was Dave! Dave worked his entire life with the airlines and his generosity shined through in family vacations (flying stand by … which drove the family nuts), sharing the arms of his recliner with his grandchildren as they watched Impractical Jokers together, watching the newest granddaughter run amuck in the front yard, and of course taking his beloved dog(s) into all local businesses. Dave will most likely be remembered for his loyalty to John Deere tractors, his love of country music, and his infectious laugh.
Dave proudly served in the United States Marine Corp from 1955-1959. He was a devout catholic having attended St. Ann parish for over 45 years. He was a 4th degree Knights of Columbus and proud to be a knight.
Dave was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Dennis.
Dave is survived by his children and their spouses, Joel and Deidre Benda, Jennifer Benda; five grandchildren, Elizabeth, Nakyla, Lance, Landon, and Kacee; his beloved dog, Lucky; sisters, Bobbi, Jan, Marguerite, and Gerri; and brothers, Greg, Tom, and Marc.
A visitation will be held from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m., Monday, August 9, 2021, at Bross and Spidle Chapel, Excelsior Springs with 10:30 a.m. mass following at St. Ann Catholic Church, with burial at Resurrection North Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family suggests making a charitable donation to any animal shelter or animal organization in his name. Dad would want another “Lucky” to be saved.
Our Sincere Condolences
I worked with Dave at Pars and have great memories of those days. I visited Dave at his home in Excelsior Springs a few times since then and had a great time laughing and reliving the past. He was quite the character and I will miss our conversations. My most sincere condolences to all his family! RIP Dave, and Ooooorah!
Deepest sympathy and condolences to Dave’s family, on his passing.
Mary Jo Durand
I miss you dad!!!
Jennifer Lynn Benda
I was able to work with Dave for many years. When I went to do the 12 hour shift I was always glad to have Dave on the same shift.
I don’t type any better than I ever did so I’ll try to make this short. I know that Gary Tunks and Bill Ralston would have liked to have seen Dave one more time. I was blessed with being able to go out to breakfast a few times. We all thought a lot of Dave, he had no enemies. We all loved Dave. I could go on for along time. He told lots of good stories of his days on the farm he grew up on. I loved his stories ……
Bill and Gary both reminded me of Dave saying, “Oh Jesus Christ”. Love ya buddy ……
All your friends from TWA.
So sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed seeing Dave at the Mill Inn restaurant. everyone looked forward to seeing him, I’m going to miss him.