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Benito 'Benny' Garcia

Benito "Benny" Garcia

Oct 8, 1932 - Apr 7, 2015
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Benito “Benny” Garcia Sr., 82, of Riverton, died on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at Sage West Hospital-Riverton, surrounded by his family. A rosary will be on Thursday, April 9, 2015, at 7:00 pm at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church. A funeral mass will be on Friday, April 10, 2015, at 11:00 am at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church with interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery with full military honors.

Benito Garcia was born on October 8, 1932 in Mora, NM to Juan and Teodorita (Martinez) Garcia. He grew up with five brothers and two sisters. He attended schools in Las Vegas, NM and Rawlins, WY, graduating high school from Rawlins.

He was of the Catholic Faith and was a member of St. Margaret’s Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.

After he graduated he married the love of his life, Dorothy Vigil, in Rawlins, WY on November 29, 1952. He and Dorothy raised their seven children, one son and six daughters in Rawlins and Riverton. He taught all of his children a strong work ethic and how to enjoy life to the fullest.

Shortly after his marriage he served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He was stationed in Germany and was an artillery gun replacement personnel. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army and returned to Rawlins.

Upon returning from the U.S. Army he went back to work at the Sinclair Refinery in Rawlins until his retirement in 1975. The family then moved to Riverton where he built the family home. Not one to set still he started working at Amoco then Gilpatrick Construction and when they sold he went to work at First Interstate Bank. He then officially retired again and continued to be active in the community.

His family said that he was always working in his yard or his garage and always had some project going. He loved to go camping and fishing, dancing, traveling and above all, spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Dorothy; his son, Benito “Benny Jr” Garcia, Jr. of Riverton; his daughters, Maxine (Tony) Walsh of Riverton, Jo Garcia-Fullmer of Riverton, and Donna (Jim) Johnson of Riverton, Vickie (DJ) Robertson of Douglas, WY, Arlene (Owen) Sullivan of Riverton, WY, and Tish Spriggs of Pocatello, ID; his grandchildren, David (Jamie) Hendryx, Nick Hendryx, Anthony (Sheri) Apodaca, Micheal (Melessa) Apodaca, Chris (Kathy) Apodaca, Karl Johnson, Krystal Johnson, Ian (Kit) Robertson, Alex Robertson, Stephen Sullivan, Jason Sullivan, Kaylee (Jose) Torres, and Justice Spriggs, and his 18 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Juan and Teodorita Garcia; his siblings, Felipe Garcia, Johnny Garcia, Damian Garcia, Phil Garcia, Julia Garcia, and Carmen Gonzales; and his son-in-law, Steve Fullmer.

Memorials may be made to Knights of Columbus in care of Davis Funeral Home, 2203 West Main Street, Riverton, WY 82501.

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Services under the direction of Davis Funeral Home.