Oconto Resident: Garry Benckeser, age 63 (1949-2013)

Garry Benckeser, 63, of Oconto, Nebraska, died February 11th, 2013, at the Callaway District Hospital in Callaway, Nebraska.

Garry was born December 8th, 1949, to Clifford and Mary Barron Benckeser. He was five minutes younger than his twin brother Larry. Garry lived and worked his entire life in Central Nebraska. He was raised on the farm southeast of Oconto on Highway 40.

Garry attended rural school District 245 until its closure, he then attended Oconto school and graduated with the class of 1968. He played football, basketball and ran in track. While growing up he was a member of the Woodriver Beavers 4-H Club and also became a junior leader. He was a lifetime member of the United Methodist Church, also a member of Legion Post 250 in Oconto. He attended Chadron State College before enlisting in the Army in 1969 serving a tour in Vietnam. He was honorablely discharged in1971 and returned to Oconto.

Garry worked in construction all his life and worked at Paulsen, Inc. in Cozad, Nebraska, for many years and worked odd jobs for Hendrickson Construction until his health started is fail. Garry and his wife ran the Blue Jean Cafe in Oconto for a few years. He enjoyed watching and caring for his three stepchildren while they had the cafe.

Garry loved to fish and hunt and spent time fishing with family and friends at every lake you can name. He had the stories to go along with the fish, he also had the fish fries for everyone to enjoy. He traveled to Arizona and stayed the winter in 2011 with Marlene and Ted. He would spend his days looking out the window to watch people going by and he enjoyed all the sports he could watch on TV with his close little friend Shorty, football, basketball, baseball, he was a loyal Yankee fan. He loved to call Polly when they played the tigers.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Clifford and Mary Benckeser; brother Larry; brothers-in-law Ronald Bain and Lawrence Mackey.

He leaves to mourn his sisters Pauline Ransley of Livonia, Michigan, Marlene and Ted Boysen of Eddyville, Nebraska; stepchildren, nephews and nieces and a host of friends.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 16th, 2013, at the Community Building in Oconto with Pastor Dale Coates officiating.

Visitation will be Friday, February 15th, from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. at Govier Brothers Mortuary.

Interment will be at the Oconto Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Oconto American Legion Post.


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