Posted: Thu 1:36 PM, Jan 30, 2014
Funeral Home: Highlands Funeral Home on Taylorsville Road in Louisville
David L. “Jack” Benz II, 91, of Louisville and Millbrook, Ala., passed away Jan. 25, 2014, in Luverne, Ala.
Born in Gary, Ind., Jack moved to Louisville at age 7 after his parents, David and Elva, passed away. His aunt Gertrude and uncle Phillip Benz raised him. Jack was a Male High School graduate and attended the University of Louisville. He was a lifelong member of Fourth Avenue United Methodist Church, holding many positions of service. He worked as an industrial engineer with American Air Filter and American Standard.
Jack was a World War II veteran, serving in both theaters. In addition to his church service, Jack relished woodworking and general handyman jobs, helping his family and friends with many projects. Most of all, he loved being with his family, eating ice cream and laughing. In his later years, he gave freely of his time and resources to Bridges of Faith and its work with Ukrainian orphans.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Jean Benz. He is survived by his sons, David Benz III (Kathy) of Bowling Green, Richard Benz (Karen) of Louisville and Tom Benz (Larissa) of Millbrook, Ala. He was preceded in death by a brother, Merrill Benz (Frances survives) and is survived by a brother, Jim Benz (Bernice), and by 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. EST Friday at Highlands Funeral Home on Taylorsville Road in Louisville. Saturday’s visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST at Fourth Avenue United Methodist Church, 318 West Saint Catherine St. The funeral will begin at 1 p.m. EST at the church, followed by the committal at Evergreen Cemetery. A dinner will follow at the church.
Because of the many friends Jack made in his time in Alabama, a memorial service will be held Feb. 8 in the Chapel at BridgeStone, Bridges of Faith’s campus at 302 County Road 383, Billingsley, Ala. The service will begin at 4 p.m., with a dinner following. In keeping with Jack’s lifetime love affair with ice cream, the dinner will conclude with an ice cream buffet.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Fourth Avenue United Methodist Church (www.fourthavenue.us) or Bridges of Faith International (www.bridgesoffaith.com).