He passed away May 26th, 2023 peacefully at his home in Lawrence.
Bobbie was born January 18,1929 in West Plains, Missouri, the son of Floyd and Hazel( Helmer) Bench. He graduated from West Plains High school in 1947.
Bob worked for the Fluor Corporation for 42 years. He managed several multi-national projects around the world in the petrochemical industry, retiring as President of Fluor Constructors, Inc.
A proud member of Plumber and Pipefitters Union Local #441. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Lawrence, KS. , rising to 32nd degree Mason. He was a Shriner with the Antioch Temple of Houston, Texas.
He married Mary Chapin in 1951. She preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his grandson Chris Raines, and great-granddaughter Nora Raines. His sisters Jean Hogan, Irene Cherry, and Clara Zell Cherry also preceded him in death.
Survivors include his brother Floyd Bench Jr. , daughters Stephanie Raines and Charisse Bench. Grandsons Greg Raines and Brody Edgin and 3 great-grandsons also survive.
He loved the outdoors , and enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Graveside services will be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be sent to :
200 Maine Suite C
Lawrence, Kansas 66044
The family would like to thank the wonderful staff from Visiting Nurses, for their compassion and professional care.