Reyes TwoBenjamin Mercado Reyes “Benny” passed away at the South Lyon Medical Center/LTC of natural causes on Monday afternoon, June 22, 2015 with his immediate family members at his side. He was 86.

Benny was born in Kimberly, Nevada the son of Nicolas and Concepcion Reyes on July 27, 1928.

In his early years, Benny grew up in Reipetown, Nevada and attended and graduated from White Pine High School in Ely. In April of 1952 he married the love of his life, Lucinda Painter, and started his mining career with the Kennecott as an oiler and later moved on to driving heavy equipment. In 1959 Benny packed up his wife and three daughters and moved to Yerington and started his lifelong career with Anaconda, having spent 20 years driving Haulpack till the close of Anaconda in 1978, then continued with Anaconda in Tonopah until 1985. Benny then went to Elko with Newmont Gold and retired in 1994. He was always known to be a hard worker and never passed on any overtime. Benny and Lucinda then returned to Yerington to enjoy retirement. All those who have known Benny, know of his passionate caring heart to help those in need. whether it be never passing a hitchhiker, taking food to those less fortunate or opening his door to a needy family. Numerous longtime residents of Yerington always recognized Benny driving his Chevy down main street.

He leaves behind his wife of 63 years, Lucinda; his Daughters, Katherine (Tim) Sperry, Lucinda (Larry) Allen, Marylynn (Kerry) Thompson; Sons, Nieves (Colleen) Reyes, Tony (Crystal) Reyes; 15 Grandchildren, 24 Great Grandchildren a 2 Great Great Grandchildren; his Brother, Christopher (Debbie) Reyes and sister, Elvera Marquez and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his Brothers, Nicky, Walter, and Nieves; his Sisters, Juanita Kalleres, Jessie Lane, Concha Carbajol, Virginia Garcia and Minnie Reyes.

A Rosary was held at the Holy Family Catholic Church. His Funeral Mass was also held  at the Holy Family Catholic Church with burial to follow at the family plot in Valley View Cemetery.   Pallbearers were his grandsons, Frankie Muniz, Benjamin Sperry, Nicolas Sperry, Larry Allen, Jr., David Allen, Anthony Reyes and Cameron Reyes. Honorary Pallbearers was son-in-laws, Larry Allen, Kerry Thompson and great grandson, Benjamin Sperry, Jr..

Family and friends are invited to sign his online guest book at www.FRFH.net and sympathy cards may be sent directly to his wife from this site.

Arrangements are under the direction of Freitas Rupracht Funeral Home, 25 Hwy 208 Yerington, NV 89447 (775) 463-2911