James Lee Benke passed away on February 3, 2018 in Helotes, Texas. James Lee was born on July 18, 1939 in Culebra, Texas to Ralph and Amalia Scheel Benke. James Lee attended Northwest High School, now John Marshall and graduated from San Antonio College. He honorably served his country in the United States Air Force. After the Air Force, James was hired by Johnny Mack, Superintendent of Power Plant Operations, for City Public Services. He spent 37 years working for City Public Services in the Power Plant labs, and as a Supervisor in the Production department of the Coal Labs. He worked at Mission Road, Leon Creek, WB Tuttle, Victor Baunig, OW Sommers and Jack Spruce.
James was a member of Western Heritage Cowboy Church, Helotes Lions Club, and lifetime member of Helotes Festival Association, Hermann Sons Helotes Lodge, Germania Farmer Verein, and CPS retirees.
James Lee Benke is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Ralph Benke. He is survived by his loving wife, Maxine; brother, Lloyd Benke; children, Michael Benke (Linda), Jerry Hodges, Thomas Benke (Debbie), Randy Hodges (Mecheal), Denise Easdon, and Karl Hodges; grandchildren, Aaron Hodges, Molly King (Tyler), Mary Benke, Ceara Hodges, Brandie Hodges, Brandon Benke, Sara Swanson, Alyssa Swanson, Thomas Swanson, Ahna Quichocho, and Myla Quichocho.
The family would like to say a special thank you to Lorelei, his dedicated care giver, Lissa Carry, Administrator and to all of the loving and caring staff of Honey’s House in Helotes. Also to Erin Moya, RN, from Embrace Hospice, his nurse and case manager.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 from 6-9pm at Sunset Northwest Funeral Home, 6321 Bandera Road, San Antonio. The funeral service will be officiated by his good friend Pastor Cliff Hargrove on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 10:00am at Sunset Northwest Funeral Home. Tony Burgess, Frank Fontanes, Bruce Khran, Jeff Anderson, Mike Sanders and Chris Reardon have graciously volunteered to be Pall Bearers. Interment will follow at Zion Lutheran Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in James Lee Benke’s name to Helotes Lions Club, P.O Box 424, 14690 Bandera Road, Helotes, Texas 78023.