Richard Benge passed away peacefully at the Green Country Village in Bartlesville, OK on March 5, 2014. With him were his wife, Clois, his two sons, Jeff and Kenneth, and his pastor, Rev. Dale Durnell.
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Richard Benge was born on February 21, 1935 to Charles and Lily Benge in Webb City, Oklahoma. He attended Webb City schools and graduated from Shidler High School in 1953. Richard graduated from Northern Oklahoma Junior College in 1955. He worked in Tulsa for Oklahoma Natural Gas and Skaggs Drug Store. While attending college, Richard met and fell in love with Clois Cartwright. They married on April 14, 1956 in Clois' home town of Pawnee, OK. They relocated to Shidler, where they began their family and Richard began his career with Phillips Petroleum Company. In 1963, Richard and Clois moved to Dewey, OK to continue his career with Phillips. He spent his entire career with Phillips and retired on September 1, 1993.
Richard led a full and active life in Dewey and Bartlesville that included volunteering with the Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Little League baseball, and American Legion baseball. Richard was a member of Dewey United Methodist Church, serving as Treasurer. Richard helped build Dewey UMC's church building during his time there. Richard was active for many years in the Phillips 66 bowling leagues and was an avid golfer at Adams Golf Club. Richard and Clois enjoyed traveling, visiting their children and grandchildren when they lived in Europe, as well as taking them on special trips together, including several cruises and Disney World.
Richard was preceded in death by his sisters Norma, Georgia, and Marybelle, and his brothers Charlie and Frank. He is survived by his brother Albert and sisters Martha, Dorothy, and Alice. He is survived by his wife Clois and his children and grandchildren: Son Kenneth Benge and his wife, Laura, grandsons Seth, Will and his wife Marissa, and Ted, and granddaughter Betsy; Son Jeff Benge and his wife, Amy, granddaughter Cori and grandson Travis. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and many friends.
The funeral is planned for Richard at Dewey United Methodist Church in Dewey on Friday, March 7, 2014, at 2 PM. Interment will be at Memorial Park Cemetery in Bartlesville. Visitation with the family will be held from 12-2pm at Dewey United Methodist Church. The family would like to express their appreciation to the caregivers and staff at Green Country Village and Cornerstone Hospice. Memorial contributions may be made to the Dewey Methodist Church and Cornerstone Hospice. Richard was an annual blood donor to the Red Cross and in memoriam we encourage you to find a blood drive and donate blood.
Arrangements for Mr. Benge are under the direction of the Arnold Moore & Neekamp Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left at www.honoringmemories.com.
Arnold Moore & Neekamp Funeral Home
710 Southeast Dewey
Bartlesville, OK 74003
Published in Examiner-Enterprise from Mar. 7 to Apr. 6, 2014