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David Eugene Beneze
August 14, 1925 ~ June 2, 2023 (age 97) 97 Years Old
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David E. Beneze passed from this life to eternity with Jesus on June 2, 2023. He was born August 14, 1925, to Eugene and Tessie Beneze of Decatur, IL. David served in the US Navy during WWII aboard the USS Newberry. He was involved in operations in the South Pacific operations including those of Iwo Jima and Saipan. David was the last surviving member of his ship’s crew. After returning home he met Norma Wilkinson; they married and raised a family. David worked for the Department of Defense for 30 years, retiring in Colorado Springs. For his second 30-year career, David was a pastor with the Foursquare Gospel Church. He pastored in Nunn, CO, Rapid City, SD, Colorado Springs at Widefield and in Salida, CO. David and Norma retired to Canon City, CO. David is preceded in death by his parents, Eugene and Tessie Beneze, twin sons Douglas Ivan and Gregory Paul, brothers Phillip Beneze and John Beneze, Sisters Jane Ramsey, Pauline McCloy, Mary McCain, and Anna Bell Bailey. Survivors include his wife of 76 years, Norma Beneze, Sister Ester McCloy, children Mark (Sharon) Beneze, Lubbock, TX, Kenneth (Sandra) Beneze, Canon City, Thomas (Debby) Beneze, Tucson, AZ, Bruce (Sharon) Beneze, Heath, OH, Michele (Joseph) Kelley, Lubbock, TX, Walter (Mondae) Beneze, Lubbock, TX; 19 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren.
David enjoyed rock hunting, traveling and visiting with family. His greatest joy was leading others to Jesus. His Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, June 10, 2023 at 10:00am at Faith Bible Fellowship Church, located at 830 Pine Ave., Canon City, CO. He will be laid to rest at Pikes Peak National Cemetery at a later date.