Born: January 27, 1955
Died: March 21, 2013
John Curtis Benson, 58, of Valley View, Texas passed away on Thursday, March 21st at the Presbyterian Hospital in Denton, Texas. He was born January 27, 1955 in Viroqua, WI to Albin and Lela Turner Benson. John was a devoted and loving husband and father who will always be remembered for his honesty and generosity along with his great wealth of knowledge and skill which he freely shared with family and friends. He was a man of great character and strength who stood firm in his beliefs and was much admired, respected and loved. He will be greatly missed.
He served in the Unites States Marine Corp from 1975 – 1988 as both enlisted and as an Aviation Supply Officer both in the United States and overseas in Japan and South Korea. During his service with the USMC, he graduated from the University of Idaho with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science. In 1998, he started his own business enterprise software consulting firm and was currently working as Technical Lead for a large extended warehouse management project in Dallas, Texas. Along with his wife, Janet, he also founded The Virtual Ranch where they bred and raised American Quarter Horse western performance prospects.
John’s great passion was cycling and on June 12, 1994 Janet and John Benson were married at Cedar Hill State Park in Texas at the beginning of a mountain bike race. They celebrated the occasion by racing immediately following the wedding ceremony and continued to enjoy the sport of cycling for many years. Nineteen years later John passed away while engaged in his favorite activity - riding his mountain bike at Johnson Branch State Park. Though the end was all too soon, John passed away doing what he loved and enjoyed.
The family will be at DeBerry Funeral Directors for a memorial visitation on Sunday, March 24th from 4 to 6:00 p.m.
John is survived by his wife; Janet Benson of Valley View, Texas, daughters, Madeline Williams of Elton LA, Linda and husband Ray Ross of Springfield KY, sons, Bryan Benson of Cleveland OH, John D. Benson of Springfield KY, sisters Marjorie Harris of Beloit WI, Deborah Johnston of Janesville WI, brother, Allen Benson of Oregon WI, 2 grandchildren Arabella and Nathan Ross.