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Benny D. Negrette, USAF (Retired)December 04, 1931 – March 30, 2011
Benny D. Negrette of Cocoa, FL entered into rest on Wednesday, March 30, 2011.
Benny was a decorated war hero serving his country in the USAF during the Korean and Vietnam wars and retired after 23 years of service. He was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, VFW and DAV.
Survivors include his wife, Gay, five children, 10 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, three sisters and lifelong friend, Sandy.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday, April 3, 2011 at 1 PM at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to: Disabled American Veterans, 2265 N. Harbor City Blvd., Melbourne, FL 32935.
Arrangements entrusted to Brevard Memorial Funeral Home.
~ REMEMBRANCES ~(Notes from RotorHeads in remembrances of this individual)
April 04, 2011I met Benny in 1990 when I was at Patrick AFB. We took one of our H-3’s to an air show in Titusville and met Benny when he came to look at our H-3. It was then when he told us he had flew with the Jolly’s in Vietnam. In May of that year I went to my 1st Jolly Green reunion. Benny & I drove together from Coco Beach. I really enjoyed his company on that trip. In September of that year I PCS’ed to Las Vegas and never was in touch with Benny again. I’ve often thought of him and that trip. I did not know him very well. But I am sorry to hear of his passing. All my best to his family and friends.~Tim Hudson
Benny Negrette spent aprox. 21 years in the USAF in Helicopters. From The Korea to Vietnam. He also was in the Jolly Green Group. For all who knew him He is off on the Finial Flight. He was one of My very Special Friend for over 50 years.~Charles Nachbar
April 04, 2011Benny may you fly on the wings of the doves and find your rest at last. I pray for Sandy that she has the strength and courage to continue knowing you will be with her all ways. God bless Benny’s family and my prays go to everyone. You were a good friend. fund raiser and we all miss you.~Laura Calvacca, Port St. John, Florida
April 04, 2011I was an Air Force helicopter pilot from 1955-1974. Our paths crossed somewhere along the line. Possibly at Stead AFB in the early 1960’s but it’s been so long ago I can’t really remember. He was one of the fine young men that kept our birds in the air so us pilots would have something to do. God Speed, Benny.~Kyron Hall, Major USAF, Retired
April 03, 2011Our thanks to Benny and his family for their service to our country. God rest Benny and may God comfort and protect his family and friends. USAF RotorHeads (www.rotorheadsrus.us).~Jim Burns, Navarre, Florida
April 02, 2011The winds may blow or the breeze may safely moan But there’s no life so free as the life we see way out in THE WILD BLUE YONDER. Although I have only seen Uncle Benny once in a great many years I have often thought of him. He was and is one of the best Uncles, Friend and even a good pal when I was growing up. He will always be remembered.~Nuncy & Anita, Muldrow, Oklahoma
April 02, 2011My family and I want to express our deepest sympathy in the loss of Benny D. Negrette. I had the honor of meeting Benny through his son-in-law Joe who worked with me at the Patrick A.F.B. pharmacy. Very nice gentleman who you just don’t forget after meeting him for the first time. Benny’s family and friends will certainly miss him! I’m sure with time all of us will have the opportunity to meet once again. You gotta believe! Sincerely, John, Suzy, Jackie, Jason, Teresa and Ty Pellay~John Pellay, Satellite Beach, Florida
April 02, 2011Benny it has been a wonderful trip most of the way. May God be with you and Family as you proceed on your Finial Flight. You were a very special Friend in My life. You will not be forgotten. Till We Meet Again At The end of this trip.~Charlie Nachbar, Clio, Michigan
April 02, 2011I Lost a very close Friend. He will be missed very much. Benny as you go on this final flight tell all those that have went on ahead of us we send all our Prayers and I hope to see you all again soon. Hope you found that Helicopter you were looking for. If anyone could find it, it would be you. It has been a wonderful Trip. Chuck & Sally Nachbar.~Charles Nachbar, Clio, Michigan