1916 - 2004 (88 years)
||BENJESTORF, Robert Lavern |
||18 Jan 1916
||Colton, San Bernardino, Calif
||19 Apr 2004
||Guemes Island, Skagit, Washington.
||Roddy-Benjestorf Family Tree
||23 Jun 2014 |
||BENJESTORF, Henry, b. 3 Oct 1877, St Louis, St. Louis, Missouri, USA , d. 21 Jun 1917, Long Beach, California, USA (Age 39 years) |
||WENDT, Elizabeth(?) "Luisa", b. Abt 16 Jan 1881, Oderberg, Mark Brandenberg, German Empire , d. 9 May 1974, Anaheim, Orange, California (Age ~ 93 years) |
||Est Jun 1898
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
[Information from Lucille Benjestorf & Sundance Benjestorf].[scratch paper note from LaVere Benjestorf].[Interview with Robert Benjestorf; Skagit Valley Herald obituary]
Robert was born in Colton, California, in January, 1916. His parents moved to Long Beach, California, shortly after he was born, and Robert grew up in southern California. As a teenager and young man he worked with some of his cousins on his Uncle Alex Benjestorf's dairy and hay farm.
Robert moved to Guemes Island, Anacortes, Washington, around 1948 and has lived there ever since. Since that time he has had almost no contact with other branches of the Benjestorf family.
He first worked at a saw mill, but later became a machinist for a machine shop.
Robert and his wife, Thelma, had three children, two daughters and a son, Theodore.
Sundance advised me that in the past there was some sort of trouble in his family, "... and the communications lines are not really open any longer with ..." his father & grandfather.
In late May, 2004 I received a message from Sundance Benjestorf telling me that Robert had recently passed away at his home on Guemes Island, Washington.
According to an obituary in the Skagit County newspaper, Robert died on 19 April, 2004. He died at home.
"Robert Lavern Benjestorf, 88, a 56-year resident of Guemes Island, died at
his home on Monday, April 19, 2004. Bob was born January 18, 1916,
in Colton, CA, the son of Henry and Louisa (Wendt)
Benjestorf. He met and married Thelma Louise Wilson and they
were married for 46 years. Bob was a machinist by trade and also a
"jack of all trades." He spent most of his working years at Pacific
Tow Boat, aka "Dillingham Tug & Barge" in Dakota
Creek. Bob was preceded in death by his parents; wife,
Thelma Louise Benjestorf in 1986; daughter, Geri Laverne Glasscock
in 1998; and five sisters. He is survived by his daughter and
son-in-law, Julia and Howard Berry of Everett; son and
daughter-in-law, Ted and Cindy Benjestorf of Honolulu; 8
grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren; and his longtime
companion, Darlene Johnson. The family would especially like
to give thanks to Darlene, Jeremy, Cindy, Ronnie, Carrie, Bud
Ashbach, and Hospice for the care that Bob
received. Remembrances may be made to Island Hospital, Skagit
Hospice, or a charity of choice. Private interment will be held at
Guemes Island Cemetery. Arrangements are in the care of Evans
Funeral Chapel, Anacortes. "
"Henry Benjestorf Family" by Tillie Benjestorf (via Melissa Correa)
Tillie's notes indicate Robert was born in 1915, however, Robert himself stated he was born in 1916 and the age given for him at the time of the 1930 census supports this.
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