In Loving Memory of John Leroy Benedict: 1935-2022


John Leroy Benedict, a husband, father and friend, passed away peacefully at home on Nov. 20, 2022. He was born Sept. 10, 1935, to Otto and Ethel Benedict in Centralia, Washington. 

John graduated from Tenino High School in 1953 before joining the U.S. Navy and spending his two-year enlistment in Honolulu, Hawaii. When he returned to Washington, he began working in construction. With the exception of a five-year stay to work on the Alaska Pipeline in Glennallen, Alaska, John spent his entire career with R.L. Alia in Seattle. 

He was known for being highly skilled in operating heavy equipment. John loved Triumph motorcycles and classic cars. He was a pilot, a scuba diver, and a fan and participant of drag racing. John is survived by his wife of 49 years, Sheryl Benedict, and his two sons, Brett and Rick. He will be missed. 

There will be a celebration of John’s life at a later date.