CHARLES WILLIAM BENEDICT
Charles William "Bill"
Benedict, 90, Fought the good fight, and passed away peacefully of old age.
Youngest of six, born and raised in Joliet at
1209 Center St. He attended grade school at
St. Raymonds. After graduating form JTHS, he
enlisted in the Navy serving aboard the USS
Coral Sea in postwar occupied Japan. He later
worked at Argonne National Laboratory as an
IAM machinist tool and die maker 1959 - 1991.
His projects included working in the 'hot'
shop, with radioactive materials; he also
assisted in building the bubble chamber, an
experiment to detect neutrinos. In the early
60's he was chosen to work on the Apollo
spacecraft, which was'TOP SECRET' at the
time. His security status (and that of his
family) was part of why America came out in
the #1 position during the cold war 'Race for
Space'. He vividly told a story of constructing
a super magnet for a Russian scientific
exchange. The 18 wheeler had to be devoid of
all American flags his shop had supplied.
Politically incorrect!! He was ahead of his time
in his love of the land and ecological
awareness that led him to grow all his flowers
and vegetables from seed in his own
greenhouse providing fresh organic food for
his family. He canned, composted, dried food,
and promoted whole natural food & vitamins.
The birds really enjoyed his early attempts at
baking fresh bread. He loved dogs and cats
and had many through the years.For many
years in winter he would drive to Mexico for
vacation in his Peugeot 405.
Survived by his three children, Susan
Benedict, David ( Micki ) Benedict, and Alan
Benedict, 7 Grandchildren and his sister Dorthy.
Predeceased by his beloved sister Vivian
(Sid), brothers Robert, Kenneth, and Gerald
and his favorite brother-in-law Joe Ginejko.
In lieu of flowers please donate to St.
Joseph's Indian School, Help Save Pets HSP in
Plainfield, National Wildlife Federation, Best
Friends, or World Wilderness Fund.
Special kudos to Sarah RN from Joliet
Hospice, Angie Weyker CNA, and Park Pointe
Rehab in Morris for all their tender care for
the last years of Pop's life.
Visitation Monday, January 27th 3:00 - 8:00
p.m. Tezaks Funeral Home 1211 Plainfield
Road, Joliet. Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday,
January 28th meet 9:30 a.m. at St. Raymonds
Cathedral 608 N. Raynor Ave.
Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery
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