Jack E. Benninger

| March 30, 2019

Jack E. Benninger, 92, formerly of 134 East Ave., Greenville, died on Thursday (March 28, 2019) at St. Paul’s where he was a resident.

Jack was born Oct. 22, 1926, in Van, Pa., to James A. and Leota (Berlin) Benninger.

He graduated from West Middlesex High School in 1945.

He enlisted in the Air Force and served during World War II.

He married Ellen K. Stevenson on Oct. 22, 1948. She survives.

Rev. Benninger began pastoring his first church at Idana, Kan., in 1953 and graduated in 1954 from Miltonvale Wesleyan Methodist College, Miltonvale, Kan. After that he pastored churches in the Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Connection at Isabella, Pa., Dixonville, Pa., Johnstown, Pa.,, Canal, Pa., Akron, Kenmore, Ohio, New Castle, Indiana, Pa., Rimersburg, Pa., and Zion (Sandy Lake).

He retired from pastoring in 1998 after 45 years of full-time ministry. After retiring, he was the supply pastor at the White Memorial Church in Struthers, Ohio, two different times and then later filled in at the Linesville Pilgrim Holiness Church in Linesville for a period of time.

He loved visiting people, including a ministry of visiting in many nursing homes. He loved working for his Savior, Jesus Christ.

Jack was a member of the North Salem Wesleyan Methodist Church.

In addition to his wife Ellen, he is survived by: two grandchildren, Beth Ellen Eggleston and her husband, Darren, of Columbus, Ohio, and Jack E. Benninger II and his wife, Ruth, of Hilliard, Ohio; a sister, Carolyn Deets and her husband, Dr. Sam, of Cochranton; one sister-in-law, Barbara, of Brooksville, Fla.; two great-grandchildren: James and Evan Benninger, of Hilliard; plus nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by: his parents; a son, Clarence E. Benninger; a sister, Leota Benninger Reynolds; and two brothers, James A. Benninger, Jr. and Dr. Robert A. Benninger.

The family suggests memorial tributes may be made payable to the North Salem Wesleyan Methodist Church, 190 Osborn Road, Greenville, PA. 16125.


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