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Andrew L. Benke, 79, of Loveland, Colorado passed away December 9, 2012. Andrew was born in Bradshaw, NE to Andre and Nettie Benke on June 6, 1933. After graduating from Bradshaw High School in 1951, Andrew joined the United States Navy. Following his service in the United States he attended Milford Community College in Milford, Nebraska. Andy was united in marriage to Sally Ann Benke on August 21, 1955. Andy worked for many companies until he and Sally moved to Loveland where he spent over thirty years working for Loveland-based Hewlett Packard. After retiring, Andrew and Sally travelled the country via motor home, spending many winters in warmer climates while summers were spent in Loveland close to family. Andy and Sally travelled until Sally passed away on August 28, 1997. On September 15, 2011 Andrew married Marj Wolfe and the couple resided in Loveland, Colorado. The two spent the next two years travelling, attending church, supporting his grandchildren with their many activities and spending time with the family. Avid card players, Andi and Marj frequently entertained and played cards with family, friends and church members. Andrew is survived by wife Marj Benke of Loveland, Colorado, daughter Lori Oestamn and husband Steve of Wray, Colorado, and their children Eric Oestman and wife Tessa and their daughter, Halle, and Kortni Lange and husband Rob; daughter Shari Chapman and Clint Faust of Fort Collins, Colorado and her children Caleb and Luke; daughter Kelly Johnston of Fort Collins, Colorado and her children Rylee and Andi; step-daughter Renata Meusch, her husband Bob and their sons Derek and Cameron, step-daughter Cindy Wolfe and Dave Erickson, and step-daughter Robin Kaltenbaugh and husband Kevin; sister Susan Hanson and husband Herb of Stromsburg, Nebraska; brother-in-law Marvin Beattie and wife Doris; brother-in-law Doug Wettstead and wife Mary, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends. Andrew was preceded in death by his father Andrew Benke; mother Nettie Benke; wife Sally Benke; brothers, Carl and Vern; sisters, Frances, Darlene, Hilde; and son-in-law Mike Johnston. A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Loveland, Colorado. Memorial contributions may be made to the Andrew Benke Family, in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 650 W. Drake Road, Fort Collins, Colorado 80526.

Published in Loveland Reporter-Herald on Dec. 12, 2012
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