Teico J. Benedict, 88, the other half of “a popular Big Rapids couple,” passed away Wednesday, July 5, 2017, at Margaret’s Meadows near Remus, and has gone to join his wife of 65 years, Corinne E. (Olson).
Teico was born May 27, 1929 in Chicago, the son of Teico E. and Elizabeth (Fitch) Benedict. As a child, he lived for several years in Amarillo, Texas, during the depression before his family moved to become permanent residents of Big Rapids. Brother-in-law Charlie Riley and Teico frequently joked at the holiday table “how many years does it take to become a native Rapidonian?”
Always true patriotic Americans, Teico and brothers Ricardo and Ladro, all joined the military early to serve in several wars and were examples of a proud military family. Teico raised and lowered the American flag every day at his home for many years.
For most of his life, Teico was a cabinet maker; working for Falcon Furniture and The Pine Shops in Big Rapids before retiring from Ferris State University. He was a member of the VFW and the BPO Elks #974. He and Corrine had many lifelong friends and family who helped celebrate their St. Patrick’s Day anniversary with the gang at Schuberg’s Bar. His family thanks Jeff Rumsey for his long-standing friendship with Teico.
Teico is survived by sons Robert T. Benedict, Gary L. (Jodi) Benedict, and Steven E. Benedict; grandchildren Amy, Jake, Liane, Austin, Annie, Christopher, Niccole and Megan, several great-grandchildren, and extended family members. Also surviving is his brother-in-law Richard (Susan) Olson. He was also preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, and son William E. Benedict.
The family also requests that all who knew Teico to please say a prayer for him. No public services are planned. A private family service will take place later this summer when the family can be gathered.