James Leonard Benson

May 30, 1940 - May 14, 2020


It is with sad but grateful hearts, we let our family and friends know of the passing of Jim (Jimbo, Bennie, Jimmy ) Benson.

A lifelong Batavia Bulldog, Jim was a proud member of the class of ’58. He proudly served our country in the U.S. Navy from ‘58 – ’64.

In recent years Jim defied all medical odds and pressed on. On May 14th he stopped fighting, and so typical of him, he had yet another cup of coffee, took his nap only to wake up in his forever home.

As you all know, Jim was  proud of his Family-

Wife Sue (56 yrs married), Daughter Tani Benson, Son Troy (Holly) Benson. Loving and devoted Grand-Children-Doug (Ashley I) Fenske, Christopher (Ashley Finnberg) Fenske, Freddy (Stef ) Viveros, only Granddaughter Missy Fenske.

He had a special place in his heart and always looked forward to spending time with his 10 yr old Grandson Griffin (Troy & Holly) Benson, and Great Grandsons 10 yr old Bradley (Doug & Tiffany Higgins) & 8 month old Bryce (Doug & Ashley I), their one and only “PA”.

Jim is also survived by brother Bob (Shirley) Benson.

He was preceded in death by Vic (Pat) Benson.

A heartfelt thank you to our ever-present extended family the Batavia Fire Dept. which Jim was a part of for 32 yrs. Special thank you to Seasons Hospice & Presence Fox Knoll who have peen our security blankets.

Jim will be laid to rest in a private burial, Celebration of Life will be held at a future date with family, friends and loved ones. TBD.

Memorials, if desired, may be given to:

Batavia Fire Dept Benevolent Assoc.- 800 E. Wilson Batavia, IL 60510

Seasons Hospice -

Presence Fox Knoll - 421 N. Lake St.  Aurora, IL 60506             



Guest Book

  • Daniel Hoefler When I became an alderman for the city I was only 25 so very young. I was appointed chair for the building dept, and given my inexperience it was very helpful to have Jim guide me. He showed me the ins and outs of the city, he was a true mentor and friend. I will miss him
  • Casey McGrath I was sad to hear the news of Jim's passing this past weekend. My deepest condolences to you all during this time. I happened to be in Batavia visiting, so my thoughts and memories of Jim seemed particularly vivid. Growing up just a short "run through the yards", I saw Jim a lot growing up and often ran into him when I was back in town visiting. He was definitely a "constant" on the block. A well known and respected neighbor. He was the type of guy who carried himself in a way that conveyed a strong character. He kind of reminded me of John Wayne in a way! (substitute cowboy hat for baseball cap). As an adult I'd sometimes run into him outside when I was in town visiting. He would be taking the dog for a walk. He always asked a lot of questions about my life in Minnesota and liked to fill me in as to what Troy and Tani were up to. He was a solid guy. I know he will be missed by many.
  • Patti and Brandy Mills So sorry for your loss. He was a good man.
  • Deborah McGrath It is difficult to put into words how much Jim has meant to me and my family this past 42 years. Jim and Sue lived around the corner from me and they were one of the first neighbors that our family met in 1978 when we first moved in . Their friendship and support was unconditional and over the years they were always there for us in too many ways to list. From our kids playing together in our backyards to the more recent birth of their youngest great grandson , I have so many wonderful memories of the Benson family and the positive impact they have had on me. Jim epitomized the kind of neighbor and friend that we all want in our lives . He was the kind of guy who would spend days getting ready to host our neighborhood gatherings, lugging tables and chairs, setting up heated tents for soup nights and would greet you when you arrived with such a look of joy on his face. He welcomed everyone the same way and never expected anything in return. He always invited the fire department to these gatherings and reminded all of us to be grateful to those people who protected us daily in Batavia .He cared deeply about his family, his neighborhood, his community. He will always be in my heart and I will remember him as a good man , a very good man.
  • Larry Wicklund My most heartfelt condolences to Sue and Jim's family. We shared Morton St. together, attended Blaine St. & McWayne schools K through 7th, and BHS 8th through 12. I am left with many fond memories of good times together, summers at the 'quarry', Boy Scouts, Sundays at Bethany, Bulldog football games and track meets, Benny's 1952 Chevy Coupe! Jim was a great childhood pal and was loved by many. Rest in Peace my friend. Pickle (Larry Wicklund)
  • Becky Hoag Sue, I'm so glad we talked recently and shared our recent experiences. Jim is home now. Remembering all our years at Batavia UMC and his, and your, presence. Add a couple building inspections along the way, and then the weekly lawn mowing of the lot by us. Love to all of your family and sending virtual hugs. Jim will be remembered!
  • Thomas Van Cleave Jim was a great guy. Always smiling. I enjoyed working with Jim during my time on the Batavia Plan Commision. My condolences to Jim's family.
  • Dwayne Sarver Condolences to Troy,Tani and Mrs. Benson. I grew up with Troy and spent many a nights at the Benson household. He defined that "flat top "haircut . He was an Honorable man. I ironically had a dream last night that I ran into Mr. Benson and told him that I haven't seen Troy in a while. Best wishes to you all at this time. Please let me know when a celebration of his life takes place. I would love to see all of you...
  • Lynn Barnes Rudberg An original Blaine Street School boy, Jim was a special man with a very big heart. They just don’t make them like Jim anymore. I’m lucky to have known him.