2016-11-24 / Obituaries

Douglas “Joe” Marvin Benignus

Funeral services for Douglas “Joe” Marvin Benignus, 73 of Dime Box, were held on Sunday, November 20, 2016 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Old Dime Box, Texas with Rev. David Loeffler officiating.

Douglas “Joe” Marvin Benignus was born on June 25, 1943 in Waller, Texas to Louis Erwin and Margarete Annie (Frey) Benignus. He was baptized on October 24, 1943 and confirmed on June 9, 1957 in Katy, Texas. His confirmation verse was Matthew 10:32 “Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.” He graduated from Waller High school in 1961. He played football for the Bulldogs and received All- District ‘61, Honorable Mention All-State ’61, Football Tri-Captain ’61, S & N Most Valuable Football Players Award ’61, Basketball ’58-’59, Track ’58-’59, and Most Athletic ’61. He continued to play football for the Blinn Buccaneers in 1962. He went on to graduate from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering on May 13, 1972. Joe met the love of his life on a blind date on Friday the 13th in 1963. Joe and Janette married on May 8, 1965. They were blessed with two daughters and seven grandkids throughout their marriage. Joe started working July 12, 1965 at IBM in Houston, Texas and later moved his family to Austin in 1976 continuing his employment with IBM. He retired after 37 years from IBM on June 24, 2002 and he truly loved his job. He NEVER missed one day of work due to illness and truly was dedicated to his job. He believed in hard work, education and supporting his family. During his time with IBM, he achieved many patents and earned many awards. Joe had some sayings he would always quote that his family will always treasure, “Why is there never enough time to do it right, but always enough time to do it over” and “Don’t rush, you have got to THINK”.

He loved to hunt with his grandkids, son-in-law, brother and friends. He enjoyed endless fishing trips to Rockport with his sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Stanley Rheman. Since his retirement, he enjoyed traveling with his wife, supporting his grandkids while they played sports, spending time on his properties in Dime Box. He was always thinking of ways to do things easier on the farm and enjoyed his grandsons and son-in-law helping him along the way. He was a brilliant man and taught so many people the most valuable things in life. Joe will be missed by his family and friends. He loved his wife, daughters, grandchildren, sister and extended family. Joe was a husband that provided endlessly for his family, a daddy who loved his girls not only with words but with life lessons and support. A neighbor who would always lend a helping hand and a friend who would be there for you when you needed anything.

Joe passed away the morning of Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at his home in Dime Box.

Joe is preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Margarete Benignus; one brother, Irwin “Sam” Benignus and his wife, Margie; one sister, Ruby Anderson and her husband, Andy; Minnie Beisert; and his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Stanley Rheman, Willie and Ruby Beisert, Robert Beisert, Marvin and Charlene Beisert, Corine Iselt, Clara and Rupert Deal, Lorine and Henry Tatum, Leona Schulze, Frieda and Walter Schulze, Waldemar Rackel, Herbert Medack, Herbert Exner, Helen Beisert and Shirley Beisert.

Joe is survived by his wife, Janette Benignus of Dime Box; two children, Paula Kadlubar and her husband, Mark of Brenham, and Jan Christiansen and her husband, Doug of Giddings; along with granchildren, and numerous relatives.

Memorials may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 26 Broadway, 14th floor, New York, NY 10004, Trinity Lutheran Memorial Fund, 3887 E. Hwy 21, Dime Box, TX 77853, or to the charity of one’s choice.

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