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Raymond "Buggy" M. Benedict, Jr.

April 12, 1955 — January 19, 2024


Raymond "Buggy" M. Benedict, Jr.

Raymond Benedict, affectionately known as Buggy, peacefully passed away on January 19, 2024, at the age of 69, surrounded by his loving family. 

Buggy married Julie DeWitte in 1980, and they later divorced.  He is survived by his son, Joe (Becky) Holzer; daughters: Tina (Josh) Wenzel, Tanya (Matt) Breza, and Tiffany (Sean Tschumper) Benedict. Buggy leaves behind a legacy through his seven grandchildren: Bella Holzer, Ethan Holzer, Brayden Wenzel, Brynn Wenzel, Bentley Breza, Jace Breza, and Ella Breza.   He is also survived by his siblings: Patty (late Jaime) Rojas, Bob (Tracey) Benedict, and Jerry (Dawn) Benedict; sisters-in-law: Shirley Benedict and Burnette Benedict; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his dad, Raymond Benedict, Sr.; his mom, Shirley (Benedict) Czaplewski; step-dad, Carl Czaplewski; and his brothers, Billy and Mike Benedict.
Buggy dedicated many years to Schmidt Distributing where he was known as “Buggy the Beerman,” and later to Fastenal's machining department where he showcased his skills and commitment until his retirement. A true Minnesota sports enthusiast, he passionately supported the Vikings and Twins. Buggy's love for sports extended to his involvement in softball, both as a player and coach.

Beyond his professional and sports pursuits, Buggy found joy in woodworking, crafting personalized signs for family and friends. His dog houses, filled with treats and water, became a familiar sight around town, a testament to his thoughtful and caring nature.

He was a member of the Eagle’s Club and the Sons of the American Legion.

Renowned as the life of the party, Buggy's unique talent for playing percussion on a pizza machine made him a modern-day one-man band. In his later years, he discovered a passion for baking, gaining recognition for his delicious banana bread.  He also enjoyed road tripping with his siblings, his daily Diet Pepsi at the East Side, and rides around town checking up on people.
Buggy Benedict, the king of the East End, was a good man whose impact on family and friends will be deeply felt. As we mourn his passing, we celebrate the legacy he leaves behind—a legacy of love, joy, and unforgettable memories.

Visitation will be held at the Watkowski-Mulyck Funeral Home, 376 E. Sarnia St., Winona, on Friday, January 26, 2024, from 2 PM until a closing prayer at 4 PM. Following the visitation, a celebration of Buggy’s life will continue at the East Side, 851 East Wabasha St., Winona.

In honor of Buggy, those attending the visitation and the celebration of life are encouraged to wear their favorite Minnesota sports team apparel.

Online condolences or memories may be left for Buggy’s family at www.watkowski-mulyck.com.


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