Age 67, of Apple Valley, Minnesota, and Kenosha, Wisconsin, passed away peacefully on April 9, 2013, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Jack was preceded in death by his parents, John and Amelda (Allen) Benedict. Jack is survived by wife, Mary, (Vetter) and step-children: Anthony, Carissa and Teresa Skrivanek, brother, George (Patty) Benedict of Winona, Minnesota, sister, Barbara Grubich of Tuscon, Arizona, nephews, John (Suzie) Benedict and Drew Grubich, nieces, Courtney (Tim) Kirchner and Amanda (Justin) Obenauer, Great-nieces and nephews Hannah, Jake and Ellie Kirchner and Little Jack Benedict.
Jack grew up in Kenosha, Wisconsin, graduating from Mary D. Bradford High School in 1963. While in high school, Jack participated in football, basketball and baseball and helped lead the Bradford Red Devil teams to many regional and Wisconsin State Championships.
After high school, Jack attended Winona State University and played football, basketball and baseball. He was twice named an All-Conference selection as a pitcher for the Warriors baseball team. Jack received his Bachelor of Science Degree and Masters Degree in Health, Physical Education and Business and began his professional career coaching and teaching in Austin, Minnesota.
In 1970, Jack began a very successful career in the business world and was a great success developing real estate in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota.
Jack enjoyed traveling to places like Hawaii, Australia, Italy, Germany, England, and Ireland, spending time with family and friends in Florida and at his cabins on Lake Superior and in Grand Marais, Minnesota. Jack had a fascination with automobiles and had a passion for owning numerous high performance cars. Jack participated in many open wheel auto races across the United States and Canada to include; races on ESPN, races in Watkins Glenn, Elkhart Lake’s Road America and the Skip Barber Racing Series.
No public viewing or funeral service is planned. A party to celebrate Jack’s life will be held at a later date. Memorials are preferred to the Unity of the Valley Spiritual Center, 4011 West Hwy 13, Savage, Minn. 55378.
Jack lived life to the fullest and was a beloved husband, brother, step-father, uncle, and friend to many.