Jose Chicas Benitez, age 90, passed away Monday evening December 11, 2017 in his home under the care of Ascension at Home. He was born July 11, 1927 in El Salvador, the son of Rogelio and Pretona (nee:Chicas) Benitez. Jose was married to Maria Marta Ayala, and he spent many years farming, retiring in 1997. He enjoyed working and caring for his land, going to church, and spending time at the lake.  Survivors include his wife, Maria Marta Ayala, nine children; Domingo (Teresa) Benitez, Victor Benitez, Maria Ayala, Flora Ayala, Maribel (Virjilio) Turcios, Rosa Ayala, Marta Ayala, Rogelio (Gaby) Benitez, and Pretona Ayala. Jose is further survived by many grandchildren, great, and great-great grandchildren, a sister Dora Chicas, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Valentine Benitez, and a sister Maria Benitez.  Funeral Services will be Monday December 18, 2017 at 11 a.m. in Strouf Funeral Home, Fr. Antony Thomas officiating. Burial will follow in Graceland Cemetery. The family will receive guests from 10 a.m. until the time of services in Strouf Funeral Home.