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Robert Jackson Beneke

April 23, 1942 ~ March 9, 2023 (age 80) 80 Years Old


“How he died was just a moment; how he lived is what we will choose to remember.”

ROBERT JACKSON BENEKE passed away at the age of 80 on March 9,2023, at St. Patrick’s Hospital in Missoula, Montana. Beloved husband for 33 years to the late Lise Beneke. Son
of the late Earl and Ruth Beneke. Brother to the recently deceased Connie Furst. Loving father to Katherine Beneke-Herrera, Kelly Beneke-Morris, the late Laurie Sims-Parr, Kristin
Sims-Nichols, and Geoff Sims. Proud grandfather to Tori, Sierra, Brianna, Jacob, Tyler, Cody, Garrett, Jackson, and Caeden. Great grandfather to James, Ty, Ella, Paisley, Cooper, and
DAD, PAPA, ROBERT, BOB, AND BOBBY JACK, as many of you so fondly refer to him, was born in San Fernando Valley, California April 23, 1942. He grew up surrounded by an
abundance of family. He spent time with them all, in California, Kansas, and Washington. Growing up, Bob had a love of cars, movies of all genres (especially westerns), and music all
of which he enjoyed throughout his life. He was part of a valley car club, a band, and even was offered a roll in “The Little Rascals” that his father declined on his behalf. As a young
man he began employment with his father Earl and uncle Irvin’s concrete business Beneke, Beneke, & Beneke Concrete. He loved the family business and later became the sole owner of
the company that ran for over 40 years with great success.
HE LIVED IN CALIFORNIA FOR MUCH OF HIS LIFE where he made friendships that have lasted a lifetime. Those friendships have many stories to tell of a man with great charisma,
humor, hardworking, great dance moves, an “unbelievable” storyteller and an overall good time to be around. Which all of us have been blessed by. In the70’s he traveled to Montana
where he fell in love with the bitterroot valley. He purchased a property and returned in the 80’s with his wife Lise. They made it their home, blending their families and watched
the family grow for years to come. In 1988, he was baptized Lutheran and they surrounded themselves amongst the Faith Lutheran church. They ran a successful carwash, (you all
must have a coffee can of quarters story to share) laundry mat, and apartments in Victor. He eventually closed the concrete business in California in 1993 and returned to Montana
permanently. He then started Beneke & Son’s construction in Montana.
WHEN HE WAS NOT HARD AT WORK, he enjoyed his days in the great outdoors fishing, hunting, boating or just running around town shooting the breeze with whomever he ran
into. Eventually, he and Lise would retire and snowbird to Florence, Arizona in the winters and return to Big Sky country in the summers, spending time between the Bitterroot Valley
and Flathead Lake. They loved to travel and enjoyed so many fabulous adventures. They took many trips with family and friends Norway, Alaska, Branson, Breckenridge, Morro Bay, and
Mexico, creating so many beautiful memories. While he missed his wife every day.
HE LIVED OUT HIS FINAL DAYS IN CALIFORNIA with his family and at his home in the Bitterroot Valley surrounded by family and friends. His greatest companion in his final
days would be his beloved dog, Ollie. Loyal to the end Ollie never left his side. He always said when his time came, he would be ready. He now is with his eternal heavenly family he
longed for. He will be missed terribly by all his surviving family and friends. For his children and grandchildren, the hole in our hearts will never fill, life will just continue to grow
around it. The family would like to thank all his family, friends, and caregivers for always holding him close in thoughts, prayers, and helping him whenever he needed it.

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Graveside Service
August 12, 2023

1:00 PM
Riverview Cemetery, Hamilton


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