Bennie Richmond Daiprai, 89, of Moberly, passed away Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at Loch Haven Senior Living Community in Macon, MO.
Bennie was born June 17, 1930 in Higbee, MO. to Bennie Daiprai and Josephine (Hudson) Daiprai.
Bennie was a lifelong member of the Randolph County area. He attended and graduated from Higbee Public Schools. After high school, Bennie enlisted into the Air Force, where he honorably served overseas during the Korean War.
When he returned home, he went to work for Norfolk Western, retiring from Norfolk Southern 30+ years later.
On December 21, 2001, Bennie married Linda M. Daiprai, and the two had 18 wonderful years together.
He was a member of the Moberly VFW Post 2654, Eagles and NARVE. In his free time, Bennie loved fishing. He was also quite fond of complaining about how well the Kansas City Chiefs, St. Louis Cardinals and MU Basketball Teams were doing. He also enjoyed some leisure time at the boat; however, more than anything he loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Bennie was a remarkable man, who will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Bennie is preceded in death by his parents, Bennie and Josephine; brothers, Robert Daiprai and Joe (Bo) Daiprai and sister, Ruby Daiprai.
Survivors include his wife, Linda M. Daiprai of Moberly; children, Antoinette (Kayne) Coulson of Moberly, Robert Daiprai of Higbee, Debra Lewis of Madison, Denise (Eddie) Gelina of Columbia, Elizabeth Sibit of Moberly and John Horswill of Moberly; numerous grandchildren; several great grandchildren; siblings, Cecil (Betty Hill) Daiprai of Moberly, Phillip (Jackie) Bowden of Cairo and Marla Berndt of Excelsior Springs; sister-in-law, Linda L. Daiprai of Moberly; many nieces and nephews, extended family and close friends.
Memorial contributions in Bennie’s honor are appreciated to Unfinished Pieces, PO Box 794, Moberly, MO 65270.
Services celebrating the life of Bennie Richmond Daiprai will be held at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Jacksonville, MO. Condolences may be shared online at pathwaymemorial.com.