Richard Henry Benes
Date of Birth
April 9, 1937
Valparaiso, Nebraska
Entered into Rest
May 29, 2020
Valparaiso, Nebraska
Mass of Christian Burial Directions

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 ~ 10:00 a.m.
Knights of Columbus Rosary ~ 9:30 a.m.
Sts. Mary & Joseph Catholic Church ~ Valparaiso, Nebraska
Interment at St. Joseph Cemetery ~ Agnew, Nebraska

*Mass and Rosary will be live streamed on the Svoboda Funeral Home Facebook page.

Visitation Directions

June 1, 2020 ~ 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Sts. Mary & Joseph Catholic Church ~ Valparaiso, Nebraska


In care of the family for future designation.

Richard Henry Benes, 83, of Valparaiso, NE, entered into eternal rest with his family at his side on Friday, May 29, 2020 at his home in rural Valparaiso, NE.  He was born April 9, 1937 in Valparaiso, NE to Charles and Rose (Hajek) Benes.  Richard attended rural school districts #143 and #91.  In 1954, he graduated from Raymond High School.  On September 3, 1960, he was united in marriage to Geraldine “Gerry” M. Vanicek at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Agnew, NE.

Richard was a lifelong farmer on his families’ farm near Valparaiso, NE.  He was a member of Sts. Mary & Joseph Catholic Church in Valparaiso, the Church Choir and the Knights of Columbus #8625.  He was also a member of the National Farmers Organization and Grape Growers Association.  Richard enjoyed farming which often enhanced his mechanical abilities as a self-made engineer which he was very good at.  He loved polka music and his Sunday red beer.  A special talent was his spoon hanging ability and he could not resist the “Claw”.  He also enjoyed square, polka and swing dancing.  While he enjoyed many sports, Husker volleyball was a favorite.  He was an animal lover, a math whiz but most of all a kind, unique, special person.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Gerry Benes; children, Randy (Jeanette) Benes of Valparaiso, NE, Doug (Mary) Benes of Raymond, NE, Bryan (Cindy) Benes, Norwalk, IA, Kevin (Jeanne) Benes of Gibbon, NE, Christie (Mike) Weber of Bucyrus, KS and Cindra (Shane) Jensen of Raymond, NE; grandchildren, Nick Benes, Amanda (Adam) Cheever, Brent (Megan) Benes, Meagan (Ryan) Brandt, Emily (Sean) O’Malley, Bethany Benes, Levi Benes, Sarah Benes, Michaella (Brett) Bendfeldt, Justin Weber, Ryan Weber, Jenna Weber, Christian Benes, Marissa Jensen and Kellan Jensen; seven great-grandchildren; sisters, Adeline Houdek and Elsie Houdek; many other family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by parents, Charles and Rose Benes; brothers, Philip Benes, Rudy Benes and Stephen Benes; sister, Stella Fiedler.

Condolences for Richard Henry Benes
  1. Janet & Steve Bartek
    • May 31, 2020 - 1 month ago

    Our deepest sympathies to all of you.

  2. Joanne
    • May 31, 2020 - 1 month ago

    Uncle Richard you will be very much missed. We all enjoyed your love of life and fun.

  3. George Anna (Marshall)
    • June 1, 2020 - 1 month ago

    Deepest condolences to the Benes family on behalf of descendants of George & Anna Marshall, Valparaiso residents many years ago. I am their youngest grandchild, George Anna and remember the Benes family very well. So sorry for your loss.

  4. Thomas Benes
    • June 1, 2020 - 1 month ago

    Cherished memories having Richard down the road. Brilliant mentor who loved life. God Speed!!

  5. Tim Barry
    • June 11, 2020 - 1 month ago

    We wish to pass our sympathies along to the whole family! We all have fond memories of the times we had in your massive yard. Those meals together were so much fun. Richard would want us to continue making those fun memories – so, we begin again. [the entire Barry family]

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