Rowland A. Benedict, 82, of Red Cloud, Nebraska went to his heavenly home Sunday, December 25, 2022, at Mary Lanning Hospital in Hastings, Nebraska.
He was a giver in every sense of the word. A hard worker who never shied from helping others when asked or, often not, when nobody asked. He was a faithful servant of God as a pastor for well over 30 years, often in churches in need of rebuilding, and even in “retirement” he continued to minister in his local churches and to everyone around him. He was a GREAT man who didn’t even know it.
He gave his family life; he modeled God’s love; he showed us his own love every day. Dad never wavered from the right path. His line between right and wrong was very clear and he instilled that same wisdom in each of his children. All we ever needed from him was love, and we received that abundantly. The enduring love of his life was his wife, Marj., whom he was married to for 57 years. Everywhere they went their love was evident to all as they took long walks while holding hands. It didn’t take much to make them happy as all they ever needed was each other.
For many, losing a family member on or near a holiday can end up being a very sad thing. While there will always be a tinge of sadness, we believe that Christmas will continue to be a day of joy, the way it has been since we were kids. Dad went to meet Jesus on the day we celebrate His birth, and we will forever be joyful that Dad now shares a birthday with Jesus. We believe that is incredibly special. While our hearts are breaking, there is a balance in knowing Dad is singing with the angels and all who have gone before him.
Rowland was a preceded in death by his mother, Marjorie Evelyn (Mead) Benedict, and his father, Roland Orlando Benedict. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie (Brown) Benedict, his children, Scott (Katy) Benedict, Dan (Stacy) Benedict and Lisa (Rudy) Noetzelmann. He is also survived by his brothers Paul (Marie) Benedict, Stanley (Lorie) Benedict, Robert (Kathleen) Benedict, and his sister Beverly (Ron) Root, as well as 7 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Friday, 11:00 am, December 30, 2022, at the Williams Funeral Home in Red Cloud with the Rev. Gary Fuller officiating. Interment was at the Red Cloud Cemetery.
A memorial fund has been established by the family for later designation.
Williams Funeral Home
241 West 4th Avenue
Red Cloud, Nebraska 68970
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