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John W. Benish passed away Saturday, August 4, 2018, at Marshfield Medical Clinic -Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

John was born August 13, 1940 to John W. Benish Sr. and Mildred (Berg) Benish in Albertville, Wisconsin.

He graduated from Chippewa Falls High School in 1958 and went to work at American Motors in Kenosha, Wisconsin for ten years. He then came back home to begin his dream of milking cows and farming. He retired from farming in 1996. He then went to work for the Eau Claire Press Company until his retirement.

John married Carol Barstad on June 5, 1965 and they recently celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary. They had two sons, Anthony “Tony” Benish, and William “Billy” Benish.

John loved playing cards, especially his daily game of cribbage with Billy every morning at breakfast, as well as his Tuesdays at The Grapevine in Colfax. He loved the Brewers, the Packers, and the Wisconsin Badgers. He also enjoyed an occasional trip to the casino.

John is survived by his wife Carol; two sons, Tony, and Billy; his special “adopted” daughter, Maria Barstad Myers (Tim Myers); a brother, Clarence Benish; two sisters, Marian Trent, and Irene Lund (friend Dave Gunderson); brother-in-law, Jim Mense; sister-in-law, Judi Benish Pippenger; and his two cats. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and other family and friends.

John was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Leonard Benish; two sisters, Loretta Tuschl, and Dorothy Tallman; brothers-in-law, Chuck Barstad, Herman Tuschl, Clarence Tuschl, and Giles Tallman; sisters-in-law, Ann Barstad Mense, and Donna Seehaver Barstad.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, August 9, 2018 at Colfax Lutheran Church in Colfax, with Pastor Les Walck officiating.  There will be visitation from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and at the church one hour prior to the service on Thursday.  Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in the Village of Colfax, Dunn Co., WI.

Memorials are suggested to Colfax Lutheran Church.

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