John Frank Bensik

September 13, 1924October 20, 2020

John F. Bensik, 96, stepped into the arms of Jesus on October 20, 2020. He was born September 13, 1924 in Pueblo, Colorado to Minnie C. Bensik and George A. Bensik. He attended Central High School, until he was called to serve in the United States Navy from 1942-1948. After serving, he worked in the Wire and Nail Mill at CF&I, and eventually joined the Pueblo Fire Department. John served 28 great years with the fire department from 1954-1982. John was a member of the BPOE #90, The Fraternal Order of Eagles, City Park Senior Golf League, and various bowling leagues. He loved his garden, golfing, bowling, fishing, camping, and trips to Cripple Creek. John was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who loved his family. John was preceded in death by his loving wife Alberta Bensik, his brother, George, and his parents. He is survived by his daughter Lorrie (Larry) Russell; son John “Rookie” (Barb) Bensik; sisters Mary Jane (Al) Delatore and Dorothy (Keith) Karnes; grandchildren Danny (Emily) Bensik, Marc (Mallory) Bensik, Jared (Sarah) Russell, and Carrie Russell; 6 great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and his faithful caretaker Peggy Miller. Instead of Flowers, donations can be made to: Shepherds Heart Ministry, PO Box 4808, Parker, CO A procession led by the Pueblo Fire Department will leave from TG McCarthy Funeral Home (329 Goodnight Ave) at 10am on Saturday, October 24. A short graveside service will be held at Roselawn Cemetery at 10:30am the same day.


  • Kim Barickman
  • Marc Bensik
  • Brian Karnes
  • Paul Delatore
  • Pete Genova
  • Mike James


  • John F. Bensik will take his last ride in one of Pueblo's Vintage Firetrucks to Roselawn Cemetery at 10:00 am from the TG McCarthy Parking lot. You are welcome to be part of the procession.

    Saturday, October 24, 2020

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October 24, 2020

John, Barbara and family. My condolences to you and your family. Your memories will keep him in your thoughts and in your heart.

Beve Jo Gamble

October 24, 2020

I met John and Alberta 16 years ago when we became friends with Larry and Lorrie and partners with SHM.
After my parents passed away John and Alberta filled that void in my life through regular phone calls and occasional visits in the Parker area.
After Alberta passed away I felt it was even more important to stay in touch with John weekly , especially when Larry Lori were out of town or out of the country . We enjoyed so many moments of laughter reminiscing about his life , his experiences and the things that were happening in our own communities.
I will miss him , but I’m so thankful that he is now with Jesus in his heavenly dwelling place. He lived a long and fruitful 96 years . Praying strength, comfort, peace and encouragement for all his loved ones.
With love 🙏🏻❤️🙏🏻❤️
Beve Jo and Trig

Virginia Distefano

October 23, 2020

I am deeply sorry for the loss of your loved one, John will always be remembered as a good friend, a person who cared about everyone and one who enjoyed life, I recall all the good times we had with your mother and father both here and Arizona and he missed her so much after her passing. He has now been called home, to a better place in heaven to once again be with his loving wife. May Gods love bring you and all the family comfort and peace.

michael james

October 23, 2020

Your Dad touched a lot of peoples lives Mine and Rhonda included. We are so blessed the we were able to know him. We admired him as a very intelligent and kind hearted man. Rhonda and I will always cherish the moments that we had , his happy smile, his whole body laugh and the joy that we had with him on the table game nights. God has now inherited two wonderful people your Mother and Father . Our prayers and thoughts to everyone in your family .

Corn and Rhonda


October 23, 2020

Uncle Johnny,
I have always admired you, the way you cared for and loved all of your family. I have wonderful memories of 34 years of family garage sales that were always so much fun. I will certainly miss you teasing my Mom and giving her a hard time .
You will always have a special place in my heart.
Your niece

Peggy Miller

October 23, 2020

It has truly been a blessing to have known John. He never complained about anything I had him do to help in his recovery. When I met him and Alberta they treated me like their daughter and I will never forget that. John was a loving and caring man, always making sure I was doing good. When you meet special people , they are not just the ones you take care of they become family. I thank God for the time I had with them both and will always cherish the memories I have. This is one of the hardest times, to let go of someone you love. But I know you are safe in the arms of Jesus. Love and miss you.

Dorothy Karnes

October 22, 2020

Johnny, you were the best brother in the whole world. Words cannot express how much I love you and how much I am going to miss you.
Your sister,

Emily Bensik

October 22, 2020

The first time I visited Pueblo with Danny I was immediately whisked off to meet Nana & Papa.  Boy was I nervous.  Danny always spoke so highly of them and I knew I had to impress. I'm pretty sure the day they met me I was officially welcomed into the Bensik family as they knew Danny and I would marry (maybe even before we did).  What a warm and welcoming home filled with love and laughter and I cherished every minute. 

By the time I met Papa, both of my Grandfathers had already passed and there was something in his eyes that made me feel that they were right there with me.   Papa with his warm hugs and constant attention to us made me realize that Danny is the man he is because of Papa's legacy. The warmth, the eyes, the heart and also the fun.  

Papa always seemed to be the one to win my "White Elephant" gifts at Christmas and they were strange but he loved every single one of them.  We played games, we had drinks and it was always such a wonderful time.  I am someone who believes in showing love with food. Papa always made sure I had a Diet Dr. Pepper in my hands, a delicious salad from his garden and of course those meatballs. 

My children are lucky to have known Papa, spending every Tuesday night on Facetime showing off for him and visiting him in Colorado. 

The short time I've known Papa will never be enough but we will carry on his memory by growing tomatoes in our garden, making our children fruit salad and sipping our Tanqueray while talking about his life and love. Our children are a part of him and they will bring his spirit along with them into future generations. We love you Papa.  

Brian Karnes

October 22, 2020

Johnny, and sisters Mary and Dorothy, taken at dinner for Johnny's 95th birthday. We will surely miss you Johnny. Love, Brian and Gail

shirley wagner

October 22, 2020

Dear Lorrie, John Scott, & Family-

With our deepest sympathy in your loss. "Uncle Johnny" was a great person, and will be truly missed. I remember all the family garage sales we had. He was always there, working, and ready to help with anything that was needed. I also remember the trips to Cripple Creek on the bus- He made it very enjoyable and really did love his card games! He was so very special and will always hold a very special place in our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. Love- Shirley, Mike, and Kevin


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