Dr. Frank J. Benes III, D.O., age 56, of Scottsdale Ariz., formerly of Erie, lost his valiant fight with Myleofibrosis on Wednesday, April 2, 2014. He was born on September 3, 1957, in Erie, Pa., the beloved son of Frank and Pauline (Kita) Benes.
Dr. Benes graduated from Holy Trinity Grade School, Cathedral Prep High School, Gannon College, and Des Moines University's College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at Delaware Valley Medical Center and Oxford Valley Medical Center in Pennsylvania.
Dr. Benes is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians. He began his medical career at Indian Health Services at the Gallup Indian Medical Center.
For more than 15 years he served as Medical Director, Division Chief, and Residency Director for Emergency Medicine with Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pa. He served on committees for Medical Ethics, Quality and Credentials and Disaster Preparedness as well as serving on the Board of Directors for Tri-State Trauma and the Regional Medical Directors Advisory Committee. In 2007 he became Medical Director at Banner Baywood Medical Center in Mesa Ariz.
In 2008-09 Dr. Benes received the prestigious award being named "Medical Director of the Year" for the Western Region by Team Health.
Dr. Benes, known for his great sense of humor, loved spending time with his family and friends. He loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing, fly tying, golfing, and making home movies. He enjoyed spending time with his dog, Chuckchi and his cat, Vince.
Besides his parents, Dr. Benes was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Paul and Aniela Kita and Michael Patalita Sr.; paternal grandparents, Frank and Alexandria Benes Sr.; many aunts, uncles, brother-in-law, niece and cousins.
Dr. Benes is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 32 years, Bille (Cunningham) Benes; seven sisters, Pauline (Bill) Ellis, Frances Macrino, Georgia Benes, Kathyleen Benes, Elaine (Dennis) Renz, Alice (Bob) Koziel, Larraine (Joe) Sarti, and many nieces, nephews, Godchildren, aunts, uncles, cousins, and special friends.
Friends may call at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, East 22nd and Reed St. on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 11 a.m. until the time of the Funeral Mass at 1 p.m.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Holy Trinity Church, 2220 Reed St., Erie, PA 16503.
The Carl A. Slomski & Son Funeral Home Inc., 2101 Ash St., is handling arrangements.
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