Longtime Riverside resident Raymond J. Benes, 88, died May 4, 2011.
Mr. Benes was born Sept. 17, 1922 and grew up in Cicero. He met his future wife, Dolores Kiedrowski, at a drugstore on Chicago’s Southwest Side, where he worked as a soda jerk.
Mr. Benes served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a pilot with the 15th Air Force’s 97th Bombardment Group, which was stationed in the Mediterranean and carried out missions over southern Germany and Italy.
Following the war, in 1947, he and Dolores married at St. Odilo Church in Berwyn. In 1968, the Beneses and their six children moved to their home on Audubon Road in Riverside, where they would live until February 2010, when a fire destroyed the home and took Mrs. Benes’ life.
Mr. Benes is survived by his children, Raymond (Sharon) Benes, Robert (Donna) Benes, Mary (Gard Strother) Benes, Thomas (Valerie) Benes and Ken (Gina) Benes; his grandchildren, Brian, Julie, Stephanie, Ellen, Emily, Daniel, Ryan and Brooke; his great grandchildren, Bailey, Madison, Peyton, Easton, Alex and Elizabeth; and his brother, Irv (Marian) Benes. In addition to his wife, Mr. Benes was preceded in death by his son, David W. Benes, and his brother, James (the late Margaret) Benes.
Visitation will be Sunday, May 22 from 3 to 8 p.m. at Ivins/Moravecek Funeral Home, 80 E. Burlington St. in Riverside. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, May 23 at St. Mary Church in Riverside, followed by interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside.