Benito Garcia, Sr., died Monday, Dec. 8, 2008, at Community Hospital in McCook. He was 95 years old.
Benito was born on March 21, 1913, in Manchester, Kan., to Jose R. and Maria (Pelagio) Garcia.
He married Maria Lucille Rodriguez on July 27, 1937, in McCook. They made their home in McCook where they raised their four children. Ben was a local construction contractor for more than 60 years. He also taught at the McCook Job Corp.
He was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church. In 1981, they were the recipients of Heritage Days Honor Family. Ben loved dancing, going to Mexican Fiesta's, fishing and gardening. He was devoted to his wife, loving and caring for her for 68 years.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Jose and Maria Garcia; his wife, Lucille in June of 2005; four brothers, Tommy, Jesse, Phil and Bonifiacio; and two sisters, Mary and Juna.
Survivors include his three sons, Robert Garcia of Woodriver, Benito and Marleen Garcia of McCook, Joe and Gloria Garcia of McCook; one daughter, Frances and Sam Paz of McCook; sister, Lupe Gil of Abilene, Kan.; 20 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Memorials may be given in his name.
Visitation is today during business hours and Wednesday until time of rosary at the funeral home. Friends may send condolences to www.carpenterbreland.com.
Rosary will be Wednesday, Dec. 10, 6:30 p.m. at the Carpenter Breland Chapel.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, Dec. 11, 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church with Father Gary Brethour officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Carpenter Breland Funeral Home of McCook is in charge of the arrangements.