Benito Chapa, 89, joined our Lord in His heavenly kingdom on Tuesday, November 10, 2020.
¡Dios es mi salvación! Confiaré en él y no temeré, El Señor es mi fuerza, el Señor es mi canción; ¡Él es mi salvación! Isaias 12:2
Biography: Our father, Bene, as our mother would call him, was kind and a gentle man. He worked hard to provide for his family. His hard work allowed him to buy a piece of land he called “el ranchito”, where, as a family, we spent many weekends and Easters together. He was a carpenter by vocation, and he dedicated 20 + years working for LISD, Division of Operations. He loved gardening and enjoyed starting avocado trees from seed. He also loved taking care of all the animals he had at his ranchito-mostly his chickens (which provided all the eggs for our family). He had a passion for harvesting nopalitos and enjoyed cleaning them during cuaresma. He also spent many hours playing dominoes and sharpening gardening tools and knives with his honing stone. Our father loved his western shows, especially Gun Smoke and John Wayne Movies. He loved his hats and loved to put his black hat on those who would visit him.
He was preceded in death by: the mother of his children, Maria Felipa Chapa, his father, Jose Guilibaldo Chapa and his mother, Maria Vega Chapa. His infant brother Federico, Federico Chapa (Antonia), Andrea Gómez (Luciano), Vicenta Casarez (Isabel); Trinidad (Espiridion); Eusebia (Juan) Rodriguez and Nicolasa Chavarría (Alberto).
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Hiliana Chapa, his children, Yolanda C. Timms (John), Leticia Sanchez (Ramiro Lopez), Dora A. Garcia (Lalo), Jose G. Chapa (Sandra) and his only surviving brother, Jesus Chapa (Maria de Lurdes, deceased); His step children, Jerry Lerma (Diana), Sergio Lerma (Gloria), and Nora Lerma and his beloved grandchildren Belinda (Alfredo) Morgan, Daisy Galvan, Daniel (Filogonia) Sanchez. Jr., Aida Lopez, (Edgar Lara), Melissa R. Soto (Sorush Ranjbar), Alyssa C. Young (Monti), Paul Michael (Doneida), Joel Chapa, Alejandra Chapa, Jose Gabriel Chapa, Marco Antonio Chapa (Robin), Ana Maria Chapa, Eduardo Humberto Chapa, Yaniv and Oved Lerma, Seidey and Kendrick Lerma; and his beloved great grandchildren, Justin Lee Hernandez, JoAnah and Analysah Cavazos, Sidey, Natalie, Alfredo Jr. Morgan, Xandria Inez, Ariella Michelle and James Darrell Chapa; Daisy Rendon (Daniel), Mateo Paz, Daniel Sanchez, Enrique Daniel III, Dannielynn, Ava Fierro, Mollie Grace Young, & Marco Antonio Chapa, Jr. Alexander and Scott Colin Chapad; Nieces and great nieces Maria Regina (Wallace) Guerra, Wallace Jr. (Kino) and Jessica Guerra; Adriana Tobias, Elsa (Cori Gleason) Gomez, Kristal and Leslie Tobias and Irma (Vicente, deceased) Casarez.
The family will be receiving condolences Tuesday, November 17, 2020 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Joe Jackson North Funeral Chapels & Cremation Services, 1410 Jacaman Rd.; where a Vigil for the Deceased and Rosary will commence at 8:30 a.m.
Funeral Services will follow, departing at 9:30 a.m. from Joe Jackson North Funeral Chapels to San Luis Rey Catholic Church for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m.
Rite of Committal and Interment will follow at the family plot in the Laredo City Cemetery.
The family would like to extend their most heartfelt gratitude to: Dr. M. Haber, for the love and care he extended to our father and to the I.C.U. nurses and doctors at Doctors Hospital. We would also like to thank Claudia Hourigan and Edward Lightner for taking care of daddy for decades. The love you showed for both our dad and our mom, will never be forgotten. Irma Benavides, Mari Mesa, Dora Jimenez, Dora Reyna and Mari Cisneros, your service to our father will always be remembered.
You may express your condolences, share your favorite memories, and sign the guestbook online at:www.joejacksonfuneralchapels.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care and direction of the funeral service professionals at Joe Jackson North Funeral Chapels & Cremation Services, 1410 Jacaman Rd., Laredo, Texas 78041; (956)722-8850