Craig G. Benson, age 56, of Cannon Falls, died on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at his home. Craig was born on June 8, 1963 in Cannon Falls, the son of Gary and Margene (Lindell) Benson. He is a lifelong resident of Cannon Falls, graduating from Cannon Falls High School in 1981. Following high school Craig worked hauling livestock, and for the Farmer’s Elevator. He worked for Cemstone Redimix for 15 years, for Allied Valve for 6 years, then back to Cemstone until retiring following a stroke. On August 20, 1988 Craig was united in marriage to Lori Sack at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Miesville. Craig was a lifelong member of St. Ansgar’s Lutheran Church. The most important thing in Craig’s life was spending time with his family, especially his granddaughter Madison. He enjoyed farming, tractors, and outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, and hiking. He liked going to fairs and tractor pulls. Craig had a passion for cows, cattle shows and auctions.
Survivors include his wife Lori; children Jenifer (Brandon) Pagel, Patty Benson, and Brandon Benson; granddaughter Madison Pagel; mother Margene Benson; brother Daniel (Mary) Benson; sisters Sarah (John) Samuelson and Julie (Cory) Knowlton; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Gary, his mother-in-law and father-in-law, and his grandparents.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, August 13, at 11:00 am, at St. Ansgar’s Lutheran Church, 7459 Hwy 19 Blvd, Cannon Falls, MN 55009. Visitation will be on Monday, Aug 12, from 4-8 pm, also at the church. There will also be a visitation at the church on Tuesday from 10-11:00 am, prior to the service. Interment will be in the Cannon Falls Cemetery. Lundberg Funeral Home of Cannon Falls is assisting the family. Memorials are preferred to the American Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association.
Active pallbearers will be Brandon Benson, Brandon Pagel, Patty Benson, Daniel Benson, Mark Lindell, Robert Lindell, and Cody Thorburn. Honorary pallbearers will be Lori Benson, Madison and Jenifer Pagel, Sarah and John Samuelson and family, Julie and Cory Knowlton and family, Dan and Mary Benson and family.