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Deaths for October 21, 2017

October 20, 2017 Updated: October 20, 2017 at 11:40 pm
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Leta M. Benefiel

Born July 1, 1931.

Died Oct. 19, 2017.

Registered nurse, lifelong Colorado Springs resident. Survived by her husband, John R.; three sons, Olen F., Clark S. and Marton E.; a daughter, Mardell E.; a stepson, Robert; two stepdaughters, Louann Sue Hatton and Wendy Kay Suits; and a sister, Opal Foncannon. Visitation, 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 24, Evergreen Funeral Home. Service, 10 a.m. Oct. 25, Evergreen Funeral Home. Burial, Eastonville Cemetery. Evergreen Funeral Home.

Wendy Marie Dawn Rae Clark

Born June 17, 1973.

Died Oct. 16, 2017.

Insurance agent, longtime Colorado Springs resident. Survived by two daughters, Taylor Clark and Hannah Christiansen; her mother, Gerry; and a sister, Michelle. Celebration of life service, noon Oct. 22, Rock Ledge Ranch American Mothers Chapel, 3130 N. 30th St. Evergreen Funeral Home.

Judith "Judy" Marie Eley

Born Jan. 11, 1939.

Died Oct. 17, 2017.

Secretary, longtime Colorado Springs resident. Survived by her husband, Robert T.; and a brother, James Macaulay. Dove-Witt Family Mortuary.

Robert E. Hart

Born May 28, 1935.

Died Oct. 17, 2017.

Home repair, longtime Colorado Springs resident. Survived by his wife, Kathy; three sons, Robert III, Jerry and Glen Draper; five daughters, Cindy Proper, Linda Garcia, Rhonda Alvarado, Charlene Buffum and Brenda Draper; a sister, Dixie Brown; and 16 grandchildren. Alternative Cremation.

Noah Kent Murphy

Born Dec. 12, 2009.

Died Oct. 17, 2017.

Colorado Springs resident. Service, 11 a.m. Oct. 23, Mountain Springs Church, 7345 Adventure Way. The Springs Funeral Services.

Sophia Grace Murphy

Born Nov. 11, 2011.

Died Oct. 17, 2017.

Colorado Springs resident. Service, 11 a.m. Oct. 23, Mountain Springs Church, 7345 Adventure Way. The Springs Funeral Services.

Michael Cyrus Shafai

Born June 13, 1970.

Died Oct. 17, 2017.

Member of Pikes Peak Road Runners, longtime Colorado Springs resident. Survived by his wife, Stephanie Wurtz; a son, Benjamin; a daughter, Alexandra; his father, Touraj; and his mother, Cathy Endress. Service, 11 a.m. Oct. 26, Shove Chapel, 1010 N. Nevada Ave. Private burial, Crystal Valley Cemetery. Swan-Law Funeral Directors.

John W. Staup

Born March 13, 1934.

Died Oct. 18, 2017.

Retired U.S. Army chief warrant officer, one-year Colorado Springs resident. Survived by his wife, Joan B.; a son, David; three brothers, Bob, Mike and Bill; three sisters, Carol Ann Shaw, Kay Ansley and Susan Lutz; and two grandchildren. Celebration of life service, 2 p.m. Nov. 4, Shrine of Remembrance "America the Beautiful" Chapel. Inurnment after service, Shrine of Remembrance Mausoleum, Liberty Columbarium. Shrine of Remembrance Funeral Home, Mausoleum and Crematory.

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