Louis "Bingo" Benno

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Benno, Louis "Bingo" LCDR, USN Louis "Bingo" Benno, LCDR, USN, Retired, took his final flight on March 30, 2014, at the age of 93. He was the son of Isadore and Sophie Benno, and the youngest of five children. Isadore passed away early in life, and at the age of nine Louis began selling newspapers to assist his family during the Depression. "The Commander" as he was respectfully called, lived an exemplary and fulfilling life of service. He was an exceedingly accomplished Eagle Scout, earning nearly every available merit badge, and a trip to Washington D.C. for an accommodation from President Franklin D. Roosevelt. He served our country as a decorated Naval Pilot in the Pacific in WWII and in the Korean Conflict. Much of his war memorabilia has been donated to historical institutions such as The Naval Museum in Fredericksburg, Texas. In his civilian life, The Commander was a sales executive for Byer Rolnick Hats, an engineer, and the owner of a successful local industrial cleaning products company. He helped reestablish Boy Scout Troop 729 at Temple Emanu-El in Dallas, and served as both Scout Master and as a continuing source of guidance and inspiration for many generations of young men. He was recognized for his service by the Circle 10 Council, and his uniforms and three sashes of awards and merit badges have been donated to the National Scouting Museum in Irving, Texas. For the past 14 years, The Commander has volunteered as a docent at The Frontiers of Flight Museum at Dallas Love Field where he guided people not only through the museum, but also through history. He regularly met there with other veterans as part of the Happy Warriors Organization. A devoted member of Temple Emanu-El in Dallas, he was active in their Brotherhood for many years. He was an accomplished dancer, gardener, and cooked many of his specialties for family and friends. The Commander was frequently called upon to speak at local schools regarding his war and scouting experiences and assisted anyone in need whether it be family, friends or neighbors. The Commander was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Claire Felice (Rabinowitz) Benno, who passed away in 1993. He is survived by their two daughters, Bene' Andrea Turner of White Settlement, and Cathy Lynne Miller and her husband, Alvin J. Miller, of Dallas. He is also survived by six grandchildren and their spouses, and three great-grandchildren: David L. Hermann, Ph.D., wife Nien-hwa, and his children Joshua and Elspeth; Jeffrey M. Hermann, M.D., wife Donna, and daughter Sophia; Colin B. Turner; Jared E. Turner; Ryan B. Miller and his wife, Stephanie; and Jordan A. Miller. Additionally, numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and extended family survive him. The Commander was a pillar of the community, and a true patriot to his country. He was a firm believer in the promise of the American dream and dedicated his life to seeing it fulfilled in his family and the many lives he touched. Memorial Services will be held at the Dallas Restland Funeral Home at 13005 Greenville Avenue, starting in the Memorial Chapel on April 2, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to either: The Boy Scouts of America Circle 10 Council in Dallas, The Temple Emanu-El Brotherhood in Dallas, or The Frontiers of Flight Museum at Dallas Love Field.

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Restland Funeral Home
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Published in Dallas Morning News on Apr. 1, 2014
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