Curtis Frederick Benefiel

1926 - 2015

May 28,  1926 - June 16, 2015
Curt Benefiel, 89, passed into eternal life June 16, 2015, in his home in Stayton, Oregon, surrounded by loved ones and his loving wife of 66 years, Eva. Curt was born in Forest Grove, Oregon, to Oscar and Luzell Benefiel, but grew up in Willamina, where he and Eva met while in grade school. After his return from the Navy in 1948, he enrolled in Linfield College. Four years and four babies later, he and Eva embarked on a lifetime journey in education. Dad was a wonderful teacher, coach, bus driver, counselor, principal, superintendent and role model for thousands of students as he and Eva traveled and taught in any place that sounded interesting to them, including Guam.
Curt was a caring, compassionate man with a competitive spirit. He loved the Oregon Ducks, playing dominoes and played a mean game of pool. He also enjoyed fly fishing and hunting.
Curt was preceded  in death by his parents, and his two brothers, Kearney and Ben. He is survived by his wife, Eva; daughters, Anita Sweeten of Stayton, Annie (Bob) Koenig of Stayton; sons, Curtis Kelly (Donna) Benefiel of Stayton, and Rex (Debbie) Benefiel of Danville, Virginia. Curt is also survived by seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services will be at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 23, at City View Funeral Home, followed by a reception at the funeral home. Arrangements by City View Funeral Home, 390 Hoyt St. South, Salem,  Oregon 363-8652