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Jack E. Benedict

September 16, 1925 - January 13, 2010
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If anyone ever cared, really cared for someone else it would have to be Jack E. Benedict. He was a warm hearted and well liked individual, and these wonderful traits came easily to him because he was such a sociable and amiable person, someone who was always making certain that those around him had whatever they needed. Jack was a talkative person who was tactful at all times but typically said what he meant.       Jack was born on September 16, 1925 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He was the son of Ray and Isabel (Woods) Benedict. Jack was raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana. During his childhood he learned to be...
If anyone ever cared, really cared for someone else it would have to be Jack E. Benedict. He was a warm hearted and well liked individual, and these wonderful traits came easily to him because he was such a sociable and amiable person, someone who was always making certain that those around him had whatever they needed. Jack was a talkative person who was tactful at all times but typically said what he meant.

      Jack was born on September 16, 1925 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He was the son of Ray and Isabel (Woods) Benedict. Jack was raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana. During his childhood he learned to be reliable and respectful. Jack was an obedient child who wanted to win the favor of others. He found it easy to show sympathy and to perform kind acts for others. These admirable qualities would become a part of Jack's personality throughout his life.

      Though Jack was frequently the one to initiate games and activities with his family, he was also quite often the family member who took the role of referee. Jack was a peace-maker with an ability to resolve all sorts of family conflicts. In fact, Jack worked conscientiously to keep those typical family spats at bay. Jack was raised with one brother, Robert. Jack and Robert had the typical rivalries while growing up, but they cared deeply for one another.

      As someone who reveled in the sheer joy of his experiences, Jack was always enthusiastic about new adventures. Although he had an exacting nature, Jack was always tactful. One thing Jack will certainly be remembered for is that, when he got up in the mornings, he was ready and raring to go. As a young boy, Jack had a number of interests and was an active child. Jack took part in football and tennis.

      For Jack, the school routines were never a problem although he generally preferred variety to structure. He seemed to be able to start a project and work right through to its completion. And he was able to do it quickly and efficiently. Jack was also adept at details. Jack was very observant and was generally quick at picking up new things. He graduated from South Side High School in 1944. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers.

      College can be a challenge, but Jack appeared to be well equipped to succeed. He had a knack for staying focused and on track no matter what was going on around his. Jack had the ability to work undisturbed through all of the constant interruptions that are a regular part of college life. Jack enjoyed using the skills he'd already learned and applying them to new courses. He knew the facts and rarely made factual errors. He earned his Bachelor degree from Butler University.

      There was one thing that all of Jack's friends knew and will still remember, and that is that he was a talker. He could pretty much talk to anybody about anything. This quality is one of the primary reasons that Jack was such a popular person throughout his life. But Jack was also dependable, loyal and trustworthy. Jack was the kind of person who simply radiated good fellowship. While he maintained personal standards and his own personal values, Jack was very accepting of others. With a distinct skill for working things out, Jack was often the person who would organize events. In fact, Jack was fairly comfortable playing the role of "host" for just about any occasion. When Jack made friends, he made true and lasting friendships. While growing up, some of his best friends were Jack Copp, Tom Peterson and Dick Schirk.

      Jack was a faithful and loving person. Some would even call his sentimental and a romantic at heart. His kindness and consideration radiated an aura of warmth to those around his. Jack cared for what others thought and carried that into his marriage. He married Joan Grimme at Trinity English Lutheran Church of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Compassionate and devoted, Jack worked hard to make his new life partner happy.

      Harmony was important to Jack and he made every effort to maintain it with his family. Jack was blessed with two sons, Jeff and Jay. They were also blessed with five grandchildren, Jody, Nicole, Christopher, Jasmine and Zane. Jack was always conscious of the feelings others had. He was reasonable and understanding. As a result, Jack was quick to solve disputes and did so without much fuss. His secret of success in this area was simple: Jack would listen before he would act.

      Taking his work seriously came naturally to Jack, and he expected the same from those around him. Jack was a good team player, someone who was born to cooperate with others. He was what some would call a "people person" and it was demonstrated in his good communication skills. Jack was a steady worker, one who was realistic about schedules. The kind of details that would give family members and work colleagues fits were situations that Jack handled well. He could understand the details without getting lost in the broad "big picture." His primary occupation was as a salesman. He brought harmony to his work environment, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done, while always maintaining respect for his colleagues.

      Blessed with a practical nature, Jack was a person who appreciated the routine of the military. He was a man who took his obligations seriously, working well with the others in his unit. Jack was an Army veteran. He was stationed in Germany. Jack saw action for World War II. Through his hard work and dedication, he achieved the rank of Private First Class. He received several awards including a Bronze Star, Victory Medal, Army of Occupation and Parachutists Badge.

      A methodical man, Jack enjoyed spending time working on his various hobbies. He had no problem following all of the steps and instructions on a given project and was proud of the fact that he could have something to show for his efforts. His favorite pursuits were bowling, golf and playing cards.

      Jack was one of those people who took pride in constantly putting forth his best effort. Nowhere was that more visible than in sports. Jack was always enthusiastic and a great team player. In high school, Jack played football and tennis. In his college years, Jack continued to stay active by playing football. Recreational sports included bowling and golf. Jack also liked being a sports fan and enjoyed following his favorite teams whenever he got the opportunity. Top on his list was Cubs baseball.

     His keen interest in things that affected the lives of other people led Jack to become actively involved in professional and community organizations. Because he was outgoing and worked well with others, Jack did his fair share of volunteer work. And he wouldn't shy away from taking the lead on committees or events, either. He was a born list maker and was great at creating and sticking to schedules. Throughout his later years, Jack was an active member of the American Legion, VFW, Eagles and Elks.

      Not only did Jack enjoy traveling, but he also seemed to enjoy planning all of those trips and vacations. He was a facilitator who could easily make up a near perfect schedule of all of the things to do and see. He rarely tired of going back and revisiting his favorite places. Favorite vacations included going to Las Vegas.

      Jack passed away on January 13, 2010 at Visiting Nurse and Hospice in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He is survived by his wife Joan; his sons, Jeff and Jay; his grandchildren Zane, Nicole, Jody, Christopher and Jasmine; four great grandchildren; his nieces Pat and Barb; his nephew Dan and his sister-in-law Mildred. Services were held at Trinity English Lutheran Church.

      Jack was a fantastic conversationalist who could engage just about anyone in a discussion. And whenever he said something, he meant it. Jack was a down to earth person, outgoing and gregarious. He was without question the type of person who enjoyed experiencing things first hand. He was practical and sensible, but what friends and family will remember him for most is the fact that he was so understanding and kind. Everyone whose life he touched will miss Jack E. Benedict.

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