John J. Bencic Jr.

John J. Bencic Jr., 54, of Homer City, died at his home surrounded by his family on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012 after fighting a long battle with cancer. He was born on March 10, 1958, the son of Helen (Kanick) and the late John J. Bencic Sr. On Sept. 7, 1985, he married Amy Sorg. John was a graduate of Homer Center High School. He worked for Homer City Coal Processing Corp. for 34 years before his retirement due to illness in January 2012.  John was a member of Our Lady of the Assumption Parish. He was also a member of the Graceton-Coral Sportsmen’s Club, Tide Sportsmen’s Club, Red Barn Sportsmen’s Club, UMWA local #2193, lifetime member of the NRA and a recent member of Indiana Bow and Gun Club. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing with his family and friends. He was a certified PADI scuba diver and enjoyed windsurfing and riding his Harley.In addition to his wife of 26 years, Amy (Sorg) Bencic and his mother, both of Homer City, he is survived by a daughter, Deanna Bencic, and a son, Evan Bencic, also both of Homer City; three sisters, Helen and her husband Bruce Mehus of Indiana, Patricia and her husband Stephen Andrascik of Brush Valley, and Fran and her husband Rich Strong of Woodbridge, Va.; as well as nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws.He was preceded in death by his father, John J. Bencic Sr.A Mass of Christian Burial for John J. Bencic Jr. will take place on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, Coral Site, with Father Ron Cyktor as celebrant. Interment will follow in the St. Louis Cemetery.Friends and family will be received Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the C. Frederick Bowser Funeral Home, Homer City, where a vigil will be recited. A blessing service will be held Thursday, Aug. 9 at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home, followed by the Mass of Christian Burial. Donations may be made to Our Lady of the Assumption Parish or to the American Cancer Society.