Funeral services for Hipolito “Hip” Benavidez, Jr., 66, of Locust Grove, OK, were held Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at Johnson Funeral Chapel in Sperry, OK. Mr. Rick West officiated, and burial was in Rest Haven Cemetery in Sperry, OK. Casket bearers were Timmy Carter, Tim Sequichie, Melvin Blue and Terry Cauldwell. Honorary Casket bearers were Rowden Benavidez and Idris Shelby.
Hip was born November 20, 1953 in Slaton, TX, to Hipolito Benavidez, Sr. and Beatrice (Bravo) Keefer. He passed from this life to his eternal life in Heaven on June 4, 2020 in Tulsa, OK.
Hip was a self-employed rock mason. He enjoyed fishing, playing pool, and loved riding his Harley motorcycles. But most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family. Hip took great pride in being called “PaPa Hip” by his grandchildren and great-grandchild. Many knew Hip as having a unique sense of humor and personality. He was a beloved son, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend to many.
He is survived by his friend, Christi Benavidez of Collinsville; daughter, Elisia Benavidez of Lee’s Summit, MO; sons, Travis Benavidez of Skiatook, Jason Benavidez of Owasso; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sisters, Anna Benavidez of Tulsa, Virginia Villasana of Tulsa, Rafaela “Shorty” Villasana of Tulsa, Linda Sallee of Tulsa, brothers, Kenneth Keefer of Tulsa and Joseph Keefer of Bixby; numerous nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Hipolito Benavidez, Sr. and Beatrice Keefer; and grandparents, Pedro and Sara Benavidez.
The family extends their deepest gratitude to the friends and family for their love and support through the years and especially during this difficult time.
Arrangements and services were entrusted to Johnson Funeral Home, Sperry.
Online condolences to the family can be made at johnsonsperry.com.