Herbert Bernard Bethke

herbert bethke

October 7, 1940 ~ May 25, 2022

Born in: St. Louis, Missouri
Resided in: Arlington, Texas

Herbert Bernard “Ben” Bethke, 81, passed away on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 in Arlington.

Visitation: 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1927 SW Green Oaks Blvd, Arlington. Funeral Mass: 11 a.m. Thursday, June 2, at St. Joseph Catholic Parish, 1927 SW Green Oaks Blvd, Arlington. Graveside Service: 2 p.m. at Parkdale Cemetery, Arlington.

Ben was born on October 7, 1940 in St. Louis, Missouri. He moved to Arlington from Waco in 1960. Ben married Laraine Ann Craig on August 11, 1962. He retired as an Accountant from the APD Administration. He had a strong Christian faith and served his community throughout his life. Ben led worship at St. Matthew Catholic Church and was a reader and Eucharistic minister for St. Joseph Catholic Parish.

Ben loved all music, especially country music. He was a member of a country and western band called Yesterday’s Wine. He was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan. He had a passion for traveling and dancing with Laraine and spent his days at home gardening and enjoying the company of his small dogs. Blue was his favorite color.

Ben was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert Arthur Bethke and Mary Annie Fickey Bethke; son, Brandon Michael Bethke; and grandson, Cody Michael Boyd; brothers, Tim Womac and Stephen Womac.

Survivors: Wife, Laraine Bethke; sons, Benjamin Bethke and Brian Bethke; daughters, Ann Storm and husband, Randy, Teresa Bethke, Mary Adams and husband, Chris, and Christina Standard and husband, Lance; brothers, Fabian Womac, Jim Womac, Randall Womac and Jeffery Womac; sisters, Mary Evelyn Neckar, Nancy Womac Wade, and Marilyn Womac Johnson; 15 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren.


Rosary: June 1, 2022 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

St. Joseph Catholic Church
1927 SW Green Oaks Blvd
Arlington, TX

Funeral Mass: June 2, 2022 11:00 am

St. Joseph Catholic Church
1927 SW Green Oaks Blvd
Arlington, TX

Graveside Service: June 2, 2022 2:00 pm

Parkdale Cemetery
701 Mary Street
Arlington, TX

(817) 275-2711

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Memories Timeline


  1. Dad,
    I will miss you terribly. I will miss your stories, your advise , and encouragement.
    I will miss our trips to Choctaw and I will miss your smile when you look at me through that window.
    I know you are dancing in Heaven and I promise to take care of mom.
    I long for the day I can see you again.
    I love you.

  2. My sweet Grandpa… I miss you so much but know you are home and at peace. You will never be forgotten and you will always hold a big place in my heart. I love you.
    ~ Granddaughter Melanie Adams.

  3. Ben was so loving he made everyone feel welcome. He will be sorely missed by family and friends.

  4. Laraine and kids,I am so very sorry for the loss of Ben! I am hoping that y’all find peace and comfort knowing he is singing in heaven! Sending y’all so much love and many prayers. Love, Martha Womac

  5. My heart is sadden for your loss. He was such a kind and caring man. He will be missed,

    We love you Uncle Ben.

    Your niece


  6. Laraine and family,

    Our deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. May God give you all the peace that you seek. Laraine, may care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead. You know I’m just a phone call away and will always be here for you, my friend. I will remember Ben for his smile and laughter when I came to visit.

    Peace be with you, Carolyn & Don

  7. CandleImageCondolences to the family! I worked with Ben at APD. He was always so helpful and patient when I needed assistance. Such a pleasant soul!

  8. God bless the Bethke family. I worked with Ben in Police Fiscal Services, always positive and hard working. Ben was a great man! Rest In Peace my friend.

  9. Dear Laraine & Family, It was such a blessing to have Ben in my life. He was a kind, generous man. I know you all will miss him terribly, as the love he had for you all was so apparent. May your loving memories be a source of great comfort in the days ahead. Much love to all, Cousin Cindy and Family

  10. God’s comfort and peace to all the family! Ben & Yesterday’s Wine played at our wedding reception almost 45 years ago, as they did at so many. A favorite CCE teacher too whose smile and joy of the Lord so infectious! May angel choirs and guitars welcome him to the arms of God!
    ~Doel & Cecelia (Schutz) Garcia

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