Ramon P. Benavidez Sr., 79, passed away Dec. 2, 2011.

Benavidez was born March 17, 1932 in Goliad to Andres and Cleotilde Perez Benavidez Sr. He was a Catholic and member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. Benavidez was employed at Wuensche Grain Elevators for over 39 years and was an avid hunter and fisherman.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Andres and Adan Benavidez; and eight sisters, Maria Hernandez, Anita Ybarra, Adela Garza, Amanda Garcia, Amalia Castillo, Aurora Mireles, Angelita Benavides and Antonia Isaac.

Benavidez is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Lucelida Benavidez; five daughters, Cleo (Chuck) Vanaman, Roxanna (Frank) Martinez, Rosa Ena Benavidez, Susie (Mingo) Gallardo and Esmeralda Benavidez; one son, Ramon D. (Michael) Benavidez, Jr.; two brothers, Adolfo P. (Chavela) Benavidez Sr. and Abel Benavidez Sr.; two sisters, Alicia B. Bosquez and Delia B. Escobar; 13 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and numerous other relatives and friends.

A Rosary was held Dec. 4, 2011 at Ramon Funeral Home Chapel in Robstown.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated Dec. 5, 2011 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Robstown.

Interment followed at Robstown Cemetery in Robstown.

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