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Dr. Shane L. Bennoch


1939 - 2017
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Dr. Shane L. Bennoch

Dr. Shane L. Bennoch, 77, passed away peacefully at home on Aug. 29, 2017, surrounded by his family. He passed after a long illness. Dr. Bennoch was born in Fivemiletown, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. He emigrated to the United States when he was 18 years old. It was the first of many great adventures in his life.

He is survived by his wife Rochelle (Chelle) and his children Shannon (Bennoch) Garbaccio (Chris) and Kevin Bennoch (Leslie), August and Skyler Newberry and Tanae Bryant. His true pride and joy were his grandchildren: Miles, Gigi, Boone and Hazel. They lit up his days. His fur babies are Max and Abby, who gave him incredible joy. He was preceded in death by his dear brother, Brian Bennoch.

After emigrating to the US, Shane enlisted with the US Air Force, then later completed his medical education at the University of Arkansas medical school in Little Rock AR, did a pediatric residency at Denver Children's hospital, and a completed a neonatology fellowship in Montreal, Canada. Shane began his career as a pediatrician in private practice in Denver, Colorado, eventually moving to Springfield, Mo., in 1974, where he became the director of the Cox North Medical Center emergency room as an emergency medicine physician. In his "retirement," he was a family physician in Ash Grove, Mo., and started a life care management business toward the end of his work life.

Shane lived his life with gusto and on his own terms. He was a big, vivacious presence and had more than his share of Irish charm. He told a joke like no one else and had the Irishman's gift of gab. He was a pilot, a racecar driver and took great pride in his garden. He was in endless pursuit of the perfect tomato and baked the most authentic loaf of Irish soda bread. He loved cars and his boat and trips to the lake.

Shane loved good food, good conversation and a good debate. He loved British mysteries and movies and was a prodigious reader. He loved to torment his children by singing (badly) Toora Loora - loudly and proudly. He lived a life he loved and left this earth feeling full of gratitude and appreciation for the time he had with us.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that remembrances be donated to Rescue One or the Humane Society of Southwest Missouri in Shane Bennoch's name.

An Irish wake will be held to celebrate the life of Shane at the Cooper Estates clubhouse 1162 N. Newcastle Ave. in Springfield on September 14 from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Published in the News-Leader on Sept. 1, 2017
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