Bruce Jon Benitt, 68, of Holt, MN, died on Monday, September 6, 2021, peacefully at his home surrounded by family. He was born on November 7, 1952, at Thief River Falls, MN, to Orvus and Aileen (Corriveau) Benitt. He attended school in Newfolden, MN.
On June 3, 1972, Bruce was united in marriage to Geraldine Ann Johnson at Nazareth Lutheran Church, Holt. Bruce worked at Arctic Cat as a test driver, for Davidson Redi-Mix, drove a school bus for Newfolden in order to help out on the family farm, followed by driving semi cross country for a couple of years. In 1984 he returned to Davidson Construction and worked there until June 2021.
Bruce loved racing stock cars in Hallock, MN, and Grand Forks, ND; he also raced snowmobiles, including the I-500 in 1971. He worked as “Pit Crew” for his brother-in-law Gary Johnson’s race car. Bruce also enjoyed hunting, fishing and visiting with friends at The Wagon Wheel.
Bruce is survived by his wife, Geri Benitt, Holt, son Brian (Michelle), Thief River Falls, daughter, Kim (Matt) Scholin, Holt; grandchildren, Megan Benitt, McKenna Scholin, Eryn Benitt, Mason Scholin, and Keegan Benitt; mother, Aileen Benitt, Holt; Siblings- Val Melin, Ada, MN; Kent Benitt, Holt; in-laws, Wyman (Linda) Johnson, Hastings, MN, Judy ( Denny) Mager, Grand Rapids, MN, Gary (Paula) Johnson, Karlstad, MN, Brad (Sherry) Johnson, Karlstad, MN; many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by father,Orvus Benitt; father and mother-in-law, Norman and Sophie Johnson; brothers-in-law, Myron Johnson, and Tom Melin; grandson, Grady Jon Benitt.
Memorial service will be at 11 AM Monday, September 13, 2021, at Nazareth Lutheran Church, Holt, MN.
Visitation will be one hour before the service at the church.
Burial will be at a later date at Holt Cemetery, Holt, MN.