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BENJESTORF, Robert Lavern[1]

Male 1916 - 2004  (88 years)


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  • Name BENJESTORF, Robert Lavern 
    Born 18 Jan 1916  Colton, San Bernardino, Calif Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 19 Apr 2004  Guemes Island, Skagit, Washington. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I538  Roddy-Benjestorf Family Tree
    Last Modified 23 Jun 2014 

    Father BENJESTORF, Henry,   b. 3 Oct 1877, St Louis, St. Louis, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jun 1917, Long Beach, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years) 
    Mother WENDT, Elizabeth(?) "Luisa",   b. Abt 16 Jan 1881, Oderberg, Mark Brandenberg, German Empire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 May 1974, Anaheim, Orange, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 93 years) 
    Married Est Jun 1898  Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F307  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family WILSON (Shanklin?), Thelma Louise,   b. 28 Apr 1924, ? Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jun 1986, Anacortes, Skagit, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)  [1
    Married Est 1940  Long Beach, Los Angeles, California Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Living
     2. BENJESTORF, Geraldine "Geri" Laverne,   b. 30 May 1946, Santa Anta, Orange, California Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Apr 1998, North Bend, Coos County, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years)
     3. Living
    Last Modified 23 Jun 2014 
    Family ID F144  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 

    • [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.
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      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.

      Obituary:
      "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.

  • Sources 
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