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On September 10, 2013, God extended His loving hand to John Joseph Benson (Jack, to all who knew him) and led him to His heavenly home to be joined once again with his life-long love, Doris. Jack's family, relatives, and friends grieve at his passing but take comfort knowing that he lived life with humor and passion and an unwavering devotion to family. Jack was born in New Haven, Connecticut, on May 15, 1923 to Samuel and Elizabeth Benson. Jack married Doris Marie Meeker in 1953 and devoted his life to his beautiful wife and the five children God blessed them with. Thirteen Grandchildren and seven Great-Grandchildren enriched their lives even more. Jack was a loving role model, excellent fisherman, singer, and the ultimate lover of desserts! A Master of witticisms and favorite sayings, his Grandchildren knew if you asked Pop a question, they had better be prepared for a lengthy answer! Jack loved music, and he was always willing to hum (actually, sing) a few bars for everyone and anyone who would listen. Jack joined the Air Force in 1943 and participated in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after a 27 year long military career. He continued to touch lives with service work for the State of Texas and through teaching at Central Catholic High School. As a cherished substitute teacher at MacArthur High School for numerous years, "Mr. Benson" taught many a high schooler how to dance soft-shoe and sing the "Donut Song". Jack was preceded in death by his adoring wife, Doris, his parents, Samuel and Elizabeth, his brother, Sam, Jr. and sister, Betty. He is survived by his devoted children, son Chris (Jennifer) Benson, daughters Mary (Patrick) Stanchak, Barbara (Carlos) Madrid, Elizabeth (William) Hurt, all of San Antonio, Texas and Margie (David) Wilkins of Boise, Idaho; 13 Grandchildren and 7 Great-Grandchildren. Family visitation will be at Sunset Funeral Home, 1701 Austin Hwy, San Antonio, TX, 78218 on Monday, September 16, 2013 from 6-9pm with a rosary to be recited at 7pm. Jack's life will be celebrated with a Mass on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 10am at St. Pius X Church, 3303 Urban Crest, San Antonio, TX, 78209. Burial will follow at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Vitas Hospice Care, 5430 Fredricksburg Rd. SAT 78229, or a
. Condolences may be offered at www.sunsetfuneralhomesa.com
Published in Express-News on Sept. 15, 2013