Monte Benzel (02/17/1956 - 01/31/2011)

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(Age 54)

Passed away January 31, 2011 at his home in Ritzville. Monte was born on February 17, 1956 in Spokane to Melvin and Joy Benzel. He was confirmed and baptized on March 22, 1970 at the Philadelphia Congregational Church in Ritzville, where he was a member. Monte graduated from Ritzville High School in 1974 and went on to attend Spokane Community College. Following college, Monte returned to Ritzville where he resided until his death. He did farm work for his father and worked part time at Marcellus Grange Fertilizer Supply. Later, Monte continued to work for various farmers in the community where he enjoyed driving combines and tractors. Monte shared his humor, contagious laughter and cheerfulness with all. His family and friends were a lifelong support and joy to Monte. He had many interests and loved motorcycle rides and snowmobile trips. He was an avid sports fan, enjoyed watching movies and followed politics. Monte's compassionate spirit was demonstrated by his sponsorship of children living in Brazil. Later in life, Monte was diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy which eventually restricted him to an electric wheelchair. Monte fought his disease gallantly without complaint, never wanting sympathy and remained living by himself in his own home. He was comforted by his constant companion, a kitten named Fritz, and countless phone calls and visits from many friends and family. Monte was grateful for the assistance from Dr. Sackmann, Mary, family and friends. Monte was preceded in death by his father and mother. He is survived by his stepmother Toni Benzel, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Private services will be held for close friends and family. Memorial contributions can be made to , Muscular Dystrophy Association, or the memorial of your choice. DANEKAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY-Ritzville is entrusted with arrangements.

Published in Spokesman-Review from Feb. 9 to Feb. 10, 2011
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