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BENEDICT, Robert George
Passed away peacefully in Rocklin at the age of 90 on January 4, 2014.
Bob was the younger of two children born to Walter and Theresa Nachreiner Benedict in Port Angeles, WA on February 22, 1923. His formative years were spent on the family's cattle ranch in Redding where he developed an enduring love for animals and the outdoors. The family returned to Washington state in 1938 and upon graduation from Tenino High School, Bob enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served his country honorably from 1942 to 1945 as a machinist mate in the Pacific, African, European and Middle Eastern Theaters during WWII.
Bob married the late Leahe Christian in 1944 and following his discharge from the Navy, he and his new bride settled in Centralia, WA, where they had two sons, Dennis and Steven L.
Throughout Bob's life his Navy training would prove invaluable. As an accomplished engine mechanic, he began his career repairing logging trucks for the Agnew Lumber Co. while also serving a short stint as an officer on the Centralia police force.
In 1959 Bob and both boys relocated to Fair Oaks with his second wife, Sylvia and her three children, Steven E. and Cindi whom he adopted, and Cheri. While residing around the greater Sacramento area, Bob was first employed by Livingston Concrete then worked for A. Teichert & Son as a ready-mix driver and eventually as senior engine mechanic until his retirement in 1986.
Bob was an avid outdoorsman and expert marksman. He enjoyed hunting, camping and fishing, particularly when accompanied by one or more of his sons. Exceptionally devoted to his pets, Bob adored and cared for a number of dogs over his lifetime, all of which were his loyal friends and constant companions. He was also a formidable cribbage and horseshoe player, but his true passion lay in mechanics. Whether a neighbor's automobile, a household appliance or a child's bicycle, if it was broken, Bob could fix it. He would often boast that he had 'never hired a repairman.'
Bob married his fourth wife, the late Patti Getchel in 1985, and for the next twenty-four years they and Patti's daughter, Melissa, made their home in southern Oregon; first in Brookings and later in White City until Patti's death in 2009.
He was a proud member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge #2093 in Medford, OR; the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge #1934 in Brookings, OR; the American Legion Post #1000, San Francisco; and E Clampus Vitus, Chapter #10, Nevada City.
Bob was preceded in death by his sister, Laura Yadeski. He is survived by his loving children Dennis (Erma) Benedict of Georgetown; Steven L. (Peggy) Benedict of Rocklin; Steven E. (Kelli) Benedict of Loomis; Cindi (Vince) Berger of Las Vegas; Cheri (Craig) Gandy of Roseville; Melissa (Jake) Jones of Corvallis. Also survived by nine treasured grandchildren, Vonda (Jeff) Jaramillo of Santa Fe; Dennis Benedict II (Karina) of Georgetown; Wendi (Charles) Purcell of Wheatland; Brandon, Grant & Kyle Benedict of Loomis; Robert & Justin Berger of Las Vegas; Taylor Figueroa of Roseville and ten great-grandchildren.
Friends and family are invited to attend a visitation on Thursday, January 9, from 5:00-7:00 pm at Chapel of the Hills, 1331 Lincoln Way, Auburn. A celebration of Bob's life will be held at the Auburn Elks Lodge, 195 Pine Street, on Friday, January 10, from noon to 2:00 pm. Private interment, Newcastle Cemetery.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on Jan. 10, 2014