Kelly Holden Benker, 24, died Nov. 19 in Barton County. Born April 6, 1988 in Kingman, he was the son of Keith Wayne and Susan Lynn (Bojan) Benker. A resident of Great Bend since 1993, coming from Kingman, he was an electrician.
Kelly loved to play the drums and guitar, fish and hunt. He was a loving, caring father.
Survivors include his mother, Susan Lynn Bojan and companion Kent Robinson of Kingman; a son, August Keith Benker of the home; step-mother, Maribeth Benker of Great Bend; fiancée, Melissa McVey of the home; step-sister, Corry Rowe and husband Ryan of Great Bend; maternal grandparents, Robert and Brenda Steuerwald of Blackhawk, S.D.; step-grandparents, Elmo and Ermalee Merritt of Hutchinson; uncle, Kevin Benker and wife Gina of Great Bend; aunts, Colleen White and Kathy George and husband Gary, both of Hebron, Neb., and Kris Siebenneicher and husband Larry of Deschler, Neb.; niece, Raelynn Rowe; and cousin, Kaden Benker. He was preceded in death by his father, Keith Benker; paternal grandparents, Ken and Connie Benker; and great-grandmother, Alta Moore.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday at Bryant Funeral Home with the Rev. Dick Ogle officiating. Friends may sign the register book from noon to 5 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to service time on Friday at Bryant Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to August Keith Benker Education Fund, in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at www.bryantfh.net.
Funeral arrangements provided by
Bryant Funeral Home*
1425 Patton Road
Great Bend, KS 67530
Great Bend (Kan) Tribune, Nov. 21, 2012