Benjamin James Benda, 39, of Marshalltown formerly of Tama, died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 10:30 a.m. at Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home in Tama. Interment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery in Chelsea. Visitation will be held on Monday Feb. 13, from 3:30 7 p.m. at Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home in Tama.
Benjamin was born on Oct. 24, 1972 in Cedar Rapids, the son of Marvin and Barbara (Kucera) Benda. He graduated from North Tama High School. Benjamin was formerly married to Ann Rutledge and they later divorced.
He had formerly worked as a waiter at the Meskwaki Casino for several years and operated his own taxi service for a time. Benjamin attended church at the Faith Assembly of God and Evangelical Free Churches in Marshalltown. He loved all sports especially the Chicago Cubs and Denver Broncos. Benjamin enjoyed playing guitar, singing, traveling, and playing the card game "Spades". He especially liked spending time with his family.
Benjamin James Benda
Preceding him in death were his grandparents, Henry Kucera and Louis and Viola Benda.
Survivors include three children Kayleigh, Elighjah, and Izayah Benda of Toledo; mother, Barbara Sauer, Marshalltown; father, Marvin (Joann) Benda, Dysart; three brothers, Billy (Aurelia) Benda, Malcom, Donnie (Glynis) Benda. Marshalltown, and Mark (Serena) Benda, Marshalltown; grandmother, Lilyanna Kucera.Tama; two nephews, Gabriel and Ian Benda; two nieces, Kensy and Lilyana Benda; and several cousins.
Memorial contributions in Benjamin's name may be directed to Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home, P. O. Box 268, Tama, IA 52339.