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Benefiel, Danny Joe Known to his friends, family and colleagues as Dr. Dan, passed away suddenly on Friday, May 30th at his home in Aurora, Illinois. He was born on October 7, 1946 in Pleasantville, Sullivan County, Indiana to Philip Homer Benefiel and Lorene Louise (Goodman) Benefiel. He was raised as a member of the United Methodist Church near his home in Indiana, was a 1964 graduate of Pleasantville High School, and received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from Tuskegee Institute in Tuskegee, Alabama. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Philip Benefiel, Jr.; and his closest childhood friends, Smokey and Joe, over whose adventures he reminisced often. He is survived by his wife, Renée Margaret (Stein) Benefiel originally from Hinsdale, Illinois, daughter of Glen Stein and Gertrude (Berkholz) Stein, also of Hinsdale, Illinois; his daughter-in-law, Kathy (Sharp) Benefiel (wife of Joey); and his five children, Joey Adam Benefiel of Aurora, Illinois and Michael Philip (Mikey) Benefiel of Aurora, Illinois and by a previous marriage, David Andrew Benefiel of Anderson, Indiana; Danielle Elizabeth Benefiel of Schaumburg, Illinois, and Brooks Matthew Benefiel of Linton, Indiana. Dr. Dan was a well-known Veterinarian specializing in Standardbred Race Horses for much of his adult life and was the sole-proprietor of the Stonebridge Animal Hospital located in Naperville, Illinois. He was well-known for his application of non-traditional treatments and cutting-edge technologies in the horse racing industry and his small animal practice, including ancient eastern medicine with the use of acupuncture, as well as being on the forefront of cryogenics and arthroscopic surgery. His work, research, and practical applications also provided significant contribution to work that today influences modern heart surgeries in animals and humans alike. In recent years, he was happiest spending time on his yacht, The Falkor II, and was not only a source of great pride and enjoyment for Dr. Dan, but a means to bring together the family and friends whom he loved so dearly. A tremendous supporter of his sons' athletic pursuits, Doc served diligently as president of the Oswego Youth Tackle Football League for many years and treasured his time as a very successful and enthusiastic youth football coach. Doc was also significantly involved with USA Wrestling, as his two youngest sons excelled at state and national levels. His sons' love for the sport prompted Doc to become an ardent advocate for the sport of wrestling, its governing bodies and organizations, and the many people in them. During his lifetime, Dr. Dan touched hundreds, possibly thousands of people all across the United States and was there for a lot of people, positively impacting their lives through the years. His absence from this life will leave a significant and noticeable void, as he will be sorely missed by many. However, we know that "we are here for only a moment, visitors and strangers in the lands as our ancestors were before usour days on earth are like a passing shadow, gone so soon without a trace" (Chronicles 29:15) May he find his final home with his family and our Father in heaven. Visitation with family and friends will be held on Thursday, June 5th between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. at the Dieterle Memorial Home located at 1120 South Broadway, Montgomery, Illinois. A Life Celebration Service will immediately follow the visitation hours at 8:00 p.m. Family and friends are encouraged to share memories and anecdotes. Service will conclude approximately 9:00 p.m. The family asks that donations be made in lieu of flowers to one of the following charities: HAHS, Hooved Animals Humane Society, located in Woodstock, Illinois www.haha.org; ASPCA, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals www.aspca.org.
Published in the Aurora Beacon News on June 3, 2014
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