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, 1971, Bruce was united in marriage to Geraldine Ann Johnson at Nazareth Lutheran Church, Holt. Bruce worked at Arctic Cat as a test driver before driving School Bus for the Newfolden Schools and working at Davidson Ready Mix. He then drove cross country trucking for about five years for Wedul Trucking of Thief River Falls. For the last 40 years, he has worked for Davidson Construction, driving truck. When he was available, he worked with his father on the farm.
Bruce loved racing Stock Cars in Hallock, MN, and Grand Forks, ND; he also raced snowmobiles, including the I-500 in 1971. He worked with his brother-in-law, Gary Johnson, as part of the “Pit Crew” for the Stock Cars. Hunting and fishing at, Waskish and Lake of the Woods with family and friends and spending time at The Wagon Wheel with friends allowed Bruce to share stories.
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, brother-in-law, Myron Johnson, and Tom Melin; one 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.