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Jack R. Benak

June 19, 2000 ~ March 13, 2020 (age 19)


JACK R. BENAK, age 19, passed away on March 13, 2020. Beloved son of John and Denise (nee Jablonski); cherished brother of Ellen; dear grandson of Nancy (the late James) and Audrey Jablonski (the late Leo); nephew of Suzanne York (Stan), Bob, Rick Jablonski (Gisella), Rob Jablonski, Tim Jablonski (Jennifer) and Brian Jablonski (Lexie); cousin of Andrew York, Christopher York, and Andrea, Phil, Max, Megan, Emily, Rachel, Mitch, Sam, Anna, William, Lucy, Zack, and Mallory Jablonski; cherished friend of many. Funeral services will be private.  Jack’s life will be celebrated at a time and date to be determined. Condolence messages may be left at  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested in his name to the Jack Benak Memorial Fund on line at

Jack had an infectious and magnetic personality that burned bright in every room he walked into. Jack lived his life to the fullest giving his all to his relationships and dreams. Jack valued his family and would never say no to an old fashion Benak family fun day. To Jack, his mom, dad and sister were his rock.

Jack had many friends but he had a close group who he called brothers. These young men meant a lot to Jack and he will continue to live on in them.

If you know Jack you know his love for soccer. Jack described soccer as the thing that kept him sane. Jack said when he “got on that field all his problems basically went away. There wasn’t anything else on his mind. It was just him at the ball.”

But soccer wasn’t his only love, Jack had a natural talent for photography and graphic design. If you ever traveled with Jack, possibly to downtown or to Kent, you saw him carrying around his camera and taking pictures of the city. You would also probably catch Jack checking out the latest street wear fashion trends and wearing the newest addition to his sneaker collection.

Jack was currently a freshman at Wittenberg University. As a member of the soccer team and a Marketing and Graphic design major, he kept himself busy. Jack has always liked school but he LOVED his college. The classes he was taking and the friends he was making, both on and off the soccer field. Jack would often randomly send his family and friends a picture of Witts campus and expressed how beautiful it was or how much he loved it.

If Jack wasn’t attending classes you could find him on the soccer pitch or in the weight room. Jack carried his passion for soccer on to his University experience where he was playing midfielder and center back. He not only loved his university but he also loved his team.

Jack didn’t die at nineteen he lived until he was nineteen and he will continue to live on in those who loved him. Jack’s light will never dim and we ask you to shine a bit brighter and carry him with you.

Jack we can’t wait to see you again, it’s only a matter of time.

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