Robert Benda, 86, passed away peacefully in his sleep surrounded by family on March 9, 2018. He will be laid to rest in Winner, SD.
Bob was born on November 26, 1931 in Millboro, SD to John and Belinda (Hendrickson) Benda. The family moved to Winner, SD where he graduated from high school in 1950. He attended college at the University of South Dakota and Ohio State University.
In 1951, Bob married Leona Rice and 5 children were born to this union. His primary occupation was as a carpenter, and he built Hidden Paradise Resort on Spider Lake near Nevis, MN; where he also lived for several years. Once Bob retired, he moved to Mexico and built Minnesota Bob’s restaurant before returning to the U.S. to live in IA
Bob was very social and always had a morning coffee group to start the day. He loved the outdoors, animals, playing cards, dancing and politics. His family will always remember his adventurous spirit, and will miss him dearly.
Left to cherish his memory include his children: Terry (Patti Griffith) Benda of Altoona, IA, Vikki Lewton of Bettendorf, IA, Roxanne (David) Neary of Des Moines, IA, and Robin Large of St. Charles, MO; grandchildren: Kindra, Kody, Kelsey, Jacque, Erin, Lauren, Danielle, Trevor and Christopher; 9 great-grandchildren; and siblings: Mazie Brandt of Rapid City, SD, and John Benda of Sparta, Il.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents: John and Belinda; son: Monte Benda; grandchildren: Van and Kelly Lewton and Kalyn Large; siblings: Peggy Ballou, Cornelia Yost, Russell Benda; and brothers-in-law: Larry Brandt and Leo Sieler.
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