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Donald Gregory Benecke

Passed away peacefully in his sleep on December 13, 2014. He was born on November 21, 1947 in St. Paul, MN, the youngest of eight children. Greg suffered a massive stroke on March 22, 2014 and fought a courageous uphill battle through countless therapy and rehabilitation sessions. He was loved and encouraged by a wonderful support system during his recovery process. Greg is survived by his three children: daughter, Roxanne Benecke of Torrance, CA, daughter, Tracy Benecke Schumann of Redding, CA and son, Gregory Benecke of Star, ID; daughter-in-law, Shannon Benecke of Star, ID; two grandchildren, Ashley Schumann and Nicholas Schumann of Redding, CA; former spouse, Linda Benecke of Lawndale, CA; brother, Gerald Benecke and sisters, Gloria Bladel and Mary Smith. Greg was also loved and admired by many nephews, nieces, great nephews and great nieces. He found endless joy in recounting the additions to the "it's just too big" family.

Through the years Greg became affectionately known as 'Poppy', his grandchildren's nickname for him. His grandchildren, Ashley 'baby girl' and Nicholas 'the big guy' were the light of his life and he will always be in their hearts.

Greg was a lifelong fan of the LA Dodgers and San Francisco 49ers. Although the stroke left Greg unable to speak, he could still sing. On Thanksgiving Greg sang the national anthem at the start of the 49ers game; this will always be a cherished memory for his family.

Greg served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was awarded the Purple Heart for his service. He took great pride in his Veteran's license plate and commented often that the numerical sequence on it was only a year short of his actual service.

Family and friends who knew Greg will remember him as a kind and sentimental man with a generous heart and a warm smile. He was loved by many and will be missed by all whose lives he touched.

Greg will be cremated and a celebration of Greg's life will be hosted by his family in 2015. Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on Dec. 28, 2014
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