John J. Benke of Scranton died peacefully in his sleep Monday July 8, 2019 at home.
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Born in Scranton he was the son of the late Russell Sr. and Marie Switala Benke. A graduate of Scranton Technical High School, Class of 1978, prior to his sickness he was employed by Hertz and was a member of the Teamsters Local Union #229.
John was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. He loved dirt track racing, a passion he shared with his niece and nephew, and above all he enjoyed spending time with grandchildren. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Surviving are spouse Loureen Benke, Dunmore; daughter Megan Benke and fiancé Shameek Harrison, Scranton; grandchildren Niko, Stella, Tayte, and Teegan; siblings Nancy Morgan and husband James, Russell Benke Sr. and wife Jennifer, all of Scranton, and Carl Benke and wife Marietta, Harrisburg; several nephews and a niece.
He was preceded in death by brother Thomas Benke.
A celebration of John’s life will be held Friday at 7 pm in the Miller Bean Funeral Home Inc., 436 Cedar Ave. Scranton. Friends and family may pay their respects Friday from 5 pm until time of service.