John Charles Bennethum
Friday, February 11, 2022, age 80 years. John was born to Harold and Ella Bennethum at Milwaukee Hospital on Sunday, April 20, 1941, baptized on May 11, 1941 and was raised in West Allis along with his older brother James and younger brother Dale.
He earned four degrees at UW and taught Science and Biology at MPS where he also served as chairman of a 12-member science department. John retired in 1996 after 33 years of dedicated service.
John was a dedicated, life-long member at First Lutheran Church and was extraordinarily generous with his time and talents. When the altar coverings needed to be replaced, John and his mother even designed and made new ones in multiple colors to help save money. He also served as an usher, was a council member and Crossways board member for many years. Along with Pastor Felton, he signed documents founding Crossways Camps.
A man of deep faith, John was both a student and teacher of the Bethel Bible series (a mountain-top experience). He also taught Confirmation and Adult Bible class year-round for over 20 years. He took AIM training (a predecessor to the Diakonia program) and served as a Deacon and Lay Preacher – he also established the First Lutheran Church Deacon program – Schedule the Deacons.
Music was an important part of John’s expression of faith. He sang tenor along side Ralph Bayer until Dennis Wolfgang left. John loved traditional pipe organ music and was a supporter of their music and preservation.
John was a member of many Masonic organizations for over 50 years, including Wisconsin DeMolay Staff, West Allis Masonic Lodge, York and Scottish Rite, Eastern Star and shared his faith as Chaplain for Tripoli Shrine-Masons for 18 years.
John was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Ella, his older brother James and sister-in-law Carol. He is survived by his brother Dale (Sally), 4 nephews and 3 nieces and their families. Also survived by his lady Rosemarie Tapper and the Cain Finger family.
Family and friends will gather at First Lutheran Church, 7400 W. Lapham Street in West Allis on Monday, February 21, 2022 from 10:00 AM until the time of the Memorial Service at 11:00 AM. As per John’s wishes, his body will be cremated and the ashes scattered to the four winds of heaven.