MAJ Gordon O Benitz was a potential VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 04/27/2005 at the age of 74.7
Bolivar, MO
Date of Birth 08/29/1930
Served in the U.S. Army
This information was provided by Barry Geller, SSN search 090108

More detail on this person: BOLIVAR, Mo. -- Gordon Benitz, 74, Boliver, died unexpectedly April 27, 2005.

He was born Aug. 29, 1930, in Wathena, Kan., to Oscar and Agnes Benitz.

Gordon graduated from Troy High School at age 16. He joined the U.S. Army in 1948. He served in the Army National Guard, 69th Infantry Brigade, 21 years, retiring as major in 1970.

Gordon's career was in banking. He was bank president in Ottawa, Kan.; Richmond, Mo.; Greeley and Morgan, Colo.; and Lincoln and Pawnee City, Neb.

Gordon married Rosemary Peterson, Halfway, Mo., May 6, 1954. She survives of the home.

In 1991, Gordon, and his wife, Rosie retired to Bolivar. He served as a volunteer at Polk County Senior Center, filing people's tax returns. He was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church in Bolivar.

Gordon was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother, Otto; and sister, Lorene Gibson.

Additional survivors: daughters, Vicki (Larry) Helling, St. Louis, Mo.; and Nancy (Jim) Coffin, Cheyenne, Wis.; son, Gary (Jody) Benitz, Stuttgart, Germany; sister, Mildred Staudenmaier, St. Joseph, Mo.; five grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews.

The service was held April 30 at Zion Lutheran Church, Bolivar.

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