Richard “Dick” Arnold Benning, 74, of Redfield, SD, passed away Wednesday, December 28, 2022, at the Community Memorial Hospital in Redfield, SD.
A Memorial Service will be 1:00 p.m., Saturday, January 7, 2023, at the United Church of Christ in Redfield, SD. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Honorary Urn bearer’s will be Dick’s Grandchildren.Burial will be at a later date.
Dick was born October 25, 1948, to Russell and Betty (Sievers) Benning in Redfield, SD. He attended school through the eighth grade in Miranda, SD, and graduated from Faulkton High School in 1968.
Dick married Vicki Shaw on December 27, 1971, and to that union, two daughters were born: Nicole and Shawna. In 1986, he married Kim Quitsch and added two sons to his family: Derrick and Kory.
In his lifetime, Dick did many things. He was a carpenter by trade for 30 years. There wasn’t anything that he couldn’t build or fix. He was never one to let the grass grow under his feet, (because then he would have to take time to mow it), he was always on the go. On nice summer nights, you could always find him driving his ranger around town with Kim, Kory, and the pups, stopping to talk to whoever was out and about.
He loved the Green Bay Packers, Duke Basketball, playing cards at Crystal’s Bar, driving trucks for Agtegra, pheasant hunting, helping Tommy at the baseball field, and attending all the baseball games.
Dick was an avid follower of all Redfield Pheasants sporting events and was awarded the prestigious “Dick Munce Fan of the Year” award. He had a love for car racing, being a pitman at the Miller Speedway for many years and then being a track official at the Dakota State Fair Speedway. Dick played an active part in the South Dakota Special Olympics, serving on the State Board, and was the track starter for 30 years at local and state events. Going to Sturgis to the Motorcycle Rally every year to help “Big Guy” at the Iron Horse Campground was another highlight in his life.
His family was very important to him, especially anytime he was able to spend time with his three grandkids: Khia, Kezrey, and Blaze. He was also a dog lover, having many furry friends over the years, but his favorites were Sulley, Bailey, and Gibson.
Dick was not much of a “music man” but his favorite song was “I Did It My Way” by Frank Sinatra. No doubt about it Dick, you did It your way very well.
Left to cherish his life are his wife, Kim; daughters: Nicki (Patrick) Cleveland and Shawna (Joel) Sengelmann; sons: Derrick Quitsch and Kory Quitsch; grandchildren: Khia, Kezrey, and Blaze; his sister Peggy (Kevin) Roseland; brother, Steve (Kris) Benning; many nieces and nephews and a ton of good friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Russell and Betty Benning; sister, Barbara Gauer; and his parents-in-law, Deloris and Eldon Quitsch.
Feel free to wear your favorite football jersey or Redfield Pheasants apparel. In lieu of flowers, donations are encouraged to SPURS, Special Olympics SD, and Turtle Mountain Rescue Center.