John Benard


John Lewis Benard, of Metropolis, passed away on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at the age of 85.

John was born on March 12, 1934 in Metropolis to Herman and Mary Walbright Benard. He enlisted in the Army in 1954 and was stationed in Arlington, Virginia, where he was a corporal in the military police.

On Nov. 30, 1956, he married Alice Schulte. After leaving the Army, John and Alice moved to Metropolis, where they raised two daughters, Brenda and Bonnie.

John was an avid foxhunter his whole life and spent hours around a campfire listening to his dogs run foxes.

John was baptized at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in 1973 and volunteered there with transportation for residents from the nursing home and cooking fish at the fish fry.

John was a devoted family man. He always remarked that as a grandfather it was his obligation to spoil his grandkids. He retired from Allied Chemical (Honeywell) where he had worked as a payroll officer for over 40 years.

He is survived by his daughters, Brenda Becker and husband Randy of Las Vegas, Nevada and Bonnie Grace and husband Rick of Metropolis; one brother, Glen; one sister, Sylvia Pace; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in death by his wife, Alice; his parents, Herman and Mary; his brother, James; and his sister, Mary Lou Wilcox.

A rosary service was held Thursday at Aikins-Farmer-Loftus-McManus Funeral Home in Metropolis. A funeral mass was held Friday at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Metropolis with Father Michael Mujule officiating. Burial followed at Metropolis Memorial Gardens with military rites conducted.

If you wish to make a donation in lieu of flowers, the family requests donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601.

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