John D. Benson Sr.

FRANKFORD - John D. Benson Sr., 67, of Frankford Township, died Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, at home.

Born in Newton, Mr. Benson moved to Frankford Township in 1975. He was a sergeant for the Department of Corrections at Mountain View Correctional Facility, Stokes State Forest in Montague. A member of NRA, Mr. Benson was passionate about history and the Civil War. He loved his family and grandchildren.

The son of the late Roy DePeuy Benson and Elizabeth Benson Longcore, Mr. Benson also was predeceased by his wife, Linda J. Benson, in 2012. He is survived by his daughter, Heather Stanley and husband, Chris, of Frankford Township; his son, John Benson Jr. and wife, Elizabeth, of New Paltz, N.Y.; two grandchildren, Adam and Erika Stanley; his brother, Robert Benson, of Montague; his sister, Clara Kerien and husband, Charles, of Newton; and brother, Richard Longcore and wife, Susan, of Augusta.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, at Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High St., Newton. Interment will follow in Newton Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 99 Sparta Ave., Newton, NJ 07860. Online condolences may be offered at

Funeral Home

Smith-McCracken Funeral Home
63 High Street Newton, NJ 07860
(973) 383-4600

Published in The New Jersey Herald on Nov. 17, 2013