John J. Benken, Jr.

November 30, -0001 - May 30, 2011

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BENKEN, John J., Jr., beloved husband of Therese Benken (nee Connor), loving father of Kara (Matthew) Garrod, Krista (B. Thayne, Jr.) Bedenkop and Kathryn Benken, dear grandfather of Rowan Bedenkop, Ava and Madalyn Garrod, brother of Virginia Benken, Barbara (Ron) Wimprine, Mary Benken-McCauley and Dorothy (Denis) Zahner, also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. Monday, May 30, 2011, age 66. Visitation at St. James of the Valley Church, 411 Springfield Pike, Wyoming, Friday from 11 a.m. until time of Mass of Christian burial at 1 p.m. John was a retired firefighter from the City of Cincinnati and retired Fire Chief from the City of Wyoming. Memorials may be directed to DuPont State Forest, P.O. Box 300, Cedar Mountain, NC 28718. Condolences at


Jerri Jutzi - Jun 9, 2011

I am very sorry for your loss. I have such wonderful memories of your family. My heart goes out to you, for I know the pain you must be feeling. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Love JJ

Tom & Patsy Davis - Jun 3, 2011

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Rick Schaech - Jun 2, 2011

Dear Therese, Kara, Krista, and Kay,

On behalf of Sandy and myself, I want to express to you our deepest sympathy at John’s passing on to the Lord. To think of John I can only think of one word and that is GENTLEMAN. He, like my Dad, was the epitome of gentleman…kind, unassuming, patient, loyal, friendly, supportive, and the list goes on and on. And, also like my Dad, he loved God, Country, and his beautiful family more than he could ever express in words.

I appreciate him and all of you for being one of the the first families to have welcomed me to St. James of the Valley in 1987 when Father Carl Moeddel hired me as Music Director. Thank you for sharing many happy dinners at your house after Saturday evening Mass at St. James. I especially enjoyed John’s stories of serving the Cities of Cincinnati and Wyoming in the Fire and EMS Service as well as his recollections of growing up in Wyoming and his early days at St. James. All of us have been blessed to have counted him among the dear people in our lives.

Know that our love and prayers are with you all as we all grieve John’s departure here from us. But, be assured that he is with the Lord and is praying for us and is with us always. We are with you in spirit and know that we are here if you need us.

With love and prayers,

Sandy and Rick

Michael Kappa, President - Jun 1, 2011

On Behalf of the Greater Cincinnati Fire Retirees we wish to express our sincere sympathy to John’s Family.
He was a Gentelman and Ourstanding Firefighter and a real pleasure to work with, I know he will be missed.

Rita Vloet - Jun 1, 2011

Dear Therese and Family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. I have read all your e-mails, and think about you often. I recall my driving down to your wedding years ago, and your voice on the phone when I surprised you one day years later. Please know that you can call me at anytime if you feel the need to chat with someone.

Take care and be well.