It is with great sadness that the family of John (Bud) Benton, loving husband, father, brother, uncle, and grandfather, passed away on April 9th, 2018 at the age of 87 after a courageous battle with cancer.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 63 years, Margie Benton, his daughter Julie Beth Moore her husband Johnny Moore, daughter Brenda Nebhan, grandchildren, Kelley Meinhardt (Christian), John Malins, Shawn Ross, Cory Ross and great grandchildren, Makayla Malins, Benjamin Meinhardt, Xzavier Malins, Thea Meinhardt.
Bud was born October 12, 1930 in Bakersville, Texas to John Albert Benton and Katie Bingham. He graduated from Sunset High School. He married the love of his life, Margie Lea Barnes on February 25th 1955. After moving to Las Cruces, Bud began working as a pipe fitter welder and was a member of Local 412 and later began his own business, Bud’s Welding until he retired. Bud took great pride in his welding and fly fishing skills. He served honorable in the United States Air Force as an Apprentice Weapons Mechanic during the Korean War. Some of the greatest joys in his life were teaching his welding skills and spending time with his precious grandchildren and great children. He was always there to help those in need and will always be in our hearts.
Bud was preceded in death by his two older sisters, and son-in-law, Kenneth Nebhan. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Loves leaves memories no one can steal.
A Visitation is scheduled from 5 pm to 7 pm, Friday, April 13, 2018 at Getz Funeral Home Chapel, 1410 E. Bowman Avenue Las Cruces, NM. Funeral services will be held at 1 PM, Monday, April 16, 2018 at Getz Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery, 5140 West Picacho Las Cruces, NM.
Serving as pallbearers will be, Greg Moran, Patrick Halvorson, Butch Parisi, Richard Meyers, Gerry Drake, and Gene Pettit. Honorary pallbearers will be, Arthur Johnson, Pete Bauer, Christian Meinhardt, Mike McElroy and Ken Nebhan.
Special thanks to his Ambercare Hospice nurse, Caroline whose love and compassion eased his journey. Caroline you will have jewels in your crown. His home health aide, Josie thank you for always treating him with the respect and care he deserve. All the nurses at the Memorial Cancer Center, our special thanks to Lourdes and Laura who always put a smile on his face.