Jack M Bengtson

Born: Mon., Mar. 17, 1930
Died: Sun., Oct. 11, 2020

Family to do services at later date

Private Interment

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Jack Bengtson, 90, Mankato, died Sunday October 11, 2020 at Pathstone Living in Mankato.  Private services will be held.  Interment will be at Woodland Hills Memorial Park.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Minnesota Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  Online condolences may be left at woodlandhillsfh.com. Family will hold a Celebration of Life at a later date.  

Jack was born March 17, 1930 to Paul and Esther (Stumph) Bengtson in Hampton, Iowa.  He graduated from Owatonna High School, the University of Minnesota, and Mankato State.  Jack was united in marriage to Patricia Johnson in Owatonna on June 17, 1956.  He served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War.  Jack taught at Mankato West High School for 35 years, where he spent many of those years as an assistant wrestling coach, track coach, and football equipment manager.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia of Mankato; daughter, Suzanne (Robert) Meyer of West St. Paul; grandchildren Jacob (Karon), Amanda, Alexandra, and Lucas (Noelle) Meyer, & Emily Bengtson; great grandchildren, Ava, August, Dylan, Norah, and Elsie Sue; brother, Paul (Shirley) Bengtson of Hopkins; sisters, Ruth Ann (Gayle) Gillispie of Wabasha, and Iva lee (Roland Hall) Nelson of Wabasha; and many nieces and nephews.

Jack is preceded in death by his sons, Thomas Bengtson and Paullus Bengtson; parents; three brothers, and infant sister.

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jane Schostag
   Posted Wed October 14, 2020
May condolences Pat and family at Jack's passing. I remember what a spirited and fun colleague he was, always with a smile and a kind word at school and in our Skyline neighborhood.

He was an energetic educator, coach, and friend and impacted many, many lives with his service to our community. Good work, Jack.

Deanna Snow Beise
   Posted Wed October 14, 2020
My sympathy to Jack's Family,

What wonderful and fun memories of Jack when he was the assistant wrestling coach at West High. He and Klar were a twosome that cared about the students.

Deanna (Miklas) Snow Beise

ED Waltman
   Posted Thu October 15, 2020
Pat and Family,

My condolences on the passing of Jack. I so enjoyed working with Jack as a teacher, coach, and as a school board member. He was so dedicated to Mankato Area Public Schools students, staff, and community members. I will always have so many fond memories of Jack. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Ed Waltman
Retired Mankato Area Schools Superintendent

John Barnett
   Posted Thu October 15, 2020
Pat, Suzanne, and family,

It was a privilege to share a large part of my career at West with Jack. As a teacher, he had high expectations that his students worked up to their ability and followed a few very simple rules like being on time, listening, and respecting one another. But my memories of Jack extend far beyond that. Jack really cared about kids. He could be "no nonsense", yes, but he also showed his students, and all West students, that he liked being around them, whether that meant wearing his red sweatshirt on game-days, participating in pepfest skits, or conversing with them in the hall. Jack was one of them in spirit, and untold students not only liked him, but more importantly, respected him.

Jack had a long and well-lived life. I am very sorry for your loss.

John Barnett

   Posted Fri October 16, 2020
Lifting you up in Love and Prayers as you grieve. Jack had a wonderful, positive impact on many students, colleagues and friends. May cherished memories sustain you.

Mary Lou and Nordeene Haldorson
   Posted Fri October 16, 2020
Pat and Family,
We shall uphold you in our thoughts and prayers as we all say good-bye to this legend!!! So many memories come to our minds. Such good times we had back in the Klar-Bengston era. Not only school related interactions but the fun we wives had also. I can hear that laugh like he was here now. Thanks for the memories and our sympathy to all of the family.

Dave Edwards
   Posted Sun October 18, 2020
Pat and Family

So sorry to hear of Jack's passing. I have great memories of him. In the classroom as well
as on the wrestling team. He was a great Teacher and Coach. He will be missed.

Dave Edwards

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