Jack "Gordon" Benoist
February 1, 1948 - November 8, 2015

Jack Benoist

Mt. Vernon, IL -- Jack Gordon Benoist, 67, of Woodlawn, Illinois passed away at 12:38 P.M. on Sunday, November 8, 2015 at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon, Illinois.

Jack was born on Sunday, February 1, 1948 in Mt. Vernon, Illinois the son of the late Albert Edward "Bud" and Shirley Frances (Samson) Benoist.

Surviving family members include his 3 children: Joshua Paul Benoist of Nashua, New Hampshire, Melinda Michelle "Mindy" Heitman and husband Bryce of St. Louis, Missouri and Matthew Daniel Benoist and wife Diana of Wheaton, Illinois; 5 grandchildren: Paige and Carter Heitman, Sophia, Corinne and Miles Benoist; niece: Jillian Raney Huffine and husband Carl of Sevierville, Tennessee; nephew: Gabriel "Gabe" Raney of Mt. Vernon, Illinois; 2 sisters: Ann Dorothy Benoist of Naples, Florida and Jane Benoist Raney of Marco Island, Florida.

His parents and one grandson: Alec Jack Benoist preceded him in death.

Jack was a pilot in the U.S. Air Force for 15 years at the rank of Major. He earned his Bachelors of Science Degree in Physics from University of Missouri of Rolla and he was Chief Executive Officer of Benoist Brothers Supply Company in Mt. Vernon, Illinois for 41 years. Jack was a reading enthusiast; he loved Photography, Genealogy, Computers and Electronics.