Obituaries: Dave Benge

BLAKESBURG-Robert David Benge, 58, of Blakesburg, died at 11:41 a.m. January 29, 2017 at Hospice House in Ottumwa.

He was born October 9, 1958 in Ottumwa to James “Jim” and Margaret Hotz Benge.  He married Kyla Gillen on July 22, 1979.

A 1977 graduate of Blakesburg High School, Dave owned and operated the Dairy Bar along with his parents.  He was a school bus driver, had worked at the power plant in Chillicothe, had worked at The Keg in Ottumwa for 17 years, and worked the past 10 years for the City of Blakesburg.

Dave enjoyed cooking, camping, his dogs and loved to have a good time.

Surviving is his wife, Kyla; his siblings, Larry (Alice) Benge of Blakesburg, Nancy (Steve) Haff and Danny (Betty Jane) Benge both of Ottumwa, Jack (Nichole) Benge of West Des Moines; many nieces and nephews; his mother-in-law, Betty Gillen and his dog, Tessa.

He was preceded in death by his parents; father-in-law, Russ Gillen; brother-in-law, Dennis Gillen and a nephew, Robert Benge.

His body has been cremated.

Graveside services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Blakesburg Cemetery with Pastor Jim Ellis officiating.

Memorials may be made to Paws’a’tively Canine Creations or Heartland Humane Society, PO Box 1149, Ottumwa, IA 52501

Reece Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.