James E. “Jim” Benn

James E. “Jim” Benn

James E. “Jim” Benn, age 82, of Dubuque, and formerly of Sherrill Road, was called home unexpectedly at 7:45 a.m., on Tuesday, October 23, 2018, at home. To honor Jim’s life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Saturday, October 27, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Jim’s life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, October 26, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Jim was born on November 4, 1935, in Dyersville, Iowa, son of Herbert and Frances (Kremer) Benn.

Jim was born and raised in the Dyersville area, where he went to school and helped on the family farm, until going to work at Mulgrew Blacktop for 16 years. Jim was united in marriage to the love of his life, Margie Schmitt, on April 23, 1966, at St. Joseph Church in Farley, Iowa, and they were blessed with 52 years together, and 3 adored daughters. After they married, Jim went to work for the Dubuque Packing Company, where he would devote over 30 years, until his well earned retirement. In his free time, Jim enjoyed spending time in the great outdoors, whether it be putting in an honest days work cutting wood, or getting in a little relaxation time casting a line in hopes of catching “the big one”. Jim was a people person who liked to sit and enjoy coffee with his friends, as well as spend a night out at the bowling lanes in hopes of a rolling a perfect 300 game. Family, above all, was the most important aspect of Jim’s life, and he anxiously looked forward to spending time with everyone, especially the grandchildren. We are deeply saddened at the sudden loss of our loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, but know that he is now reunited with all of his loved ones who have been called home ahead of him, enjoying a grand family reunion in his new Heavenly home.

Those left to cherish Jim’s memory include

his loving wife,
Margie Benn, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Kim (Bruce) McMurrin, Delhi, IA,
Karla (Scott) Menadue, Bernard, IA
and Kristi (Troy) Bettcher, Sun Prairie, WI;

his 6 grandchildren,
Emily, McKenzie and Aaron McMurrin, Kaylee and Kloey Menadue and Lillian Bettcher;

his siblings,
Louis (Ruth) Benn, Manchester, IA
and George (Linda) Benn, Dubuque, IA;

his 2 sisters-in-law,
Gwen (Jim) Benn-Schmitt, Earlville, IA
and Carol (Mike) Lundergan, Dyersville, IA;

and several nieces and nephews.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; and his siblings Charles (Charlotte) Benn, Herbert (Violet) Benn, Thomas (Jean) Benn, Vernon Benn, Frances (Walter) Davidshofer, Daniel Benn, Loras Benn, Rose Mary (Justin Harrington) (Earl Carlton) Harrington-Carlton and Ruth (Bob) Nurre.

Jim’s family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Ronald Schope, Dr. Randall Lengeling and the nurses and staff of Finley Hospital for their outstanding care of Jim, and his entire family, throughout the years.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among Jim’s favorite charities.


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Behr Funeral Home
1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa
October 26th, 2018 from 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Funeral Service

Behr Funeral Home
1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa
October 27th, 2018 at 10:00 AM

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