Jim “Torch” Bendickson


Jim “Torch” Joel Bendickson, age 74, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Wednesday, January 5, 2022.

Jim was born on June 22, 1947 in Preston, MN to Odin and Evelyn (Cummings) Bendickson. He graduated from John Marshall High School in 1965. Jim married Karen Crogan in 1983 in Rochester, MN. They raised their 3 children and later divorced.

Jim enjoyed boating, golfing, and spending time with family and friends.

Jim is survived by his 3 children, Jessica Bendickson (Mike Badger), Alison (Tyler) Clarke, Jason (Sara) Bendickson; 4 grandchildren, Maddison, Matthew, Makenzee, and Tyler (Kiara); and ex-wife, Karen (Dave) Lee.

Jim is preceded in death by his parents, Odin and Evelyn Bendickson; sister, Geraldine; and brothers, Johnny and Bob.

Celebration of life will be held from 1-3pm on Saturday, January 15, 2022 at Rochester Cremation Services, 1605 Civic Center Drive NW, Rochester, MN.

A private burial service will be held on a later date.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the family.

Rochester Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories and condolences of Jim may be shared at rochestercremationservicesmn.com

8 thoughts on “Jim “Torch” Bendickson

  1. We had a good time together in the late ‘60’s.
    Dick Suk,John Zimbaro, Tom Whiting and others
    Always a party! Benny was a good friend to all. My condolences to the family

  2. . Rest well ‘partner’. May the music and laughter of Headquarters be with you. Meet you in the Bunkhouse one day. Remember the night we danced around the keg with Charlie Danials backstage as Marshall Trucker played.


    Here’s to ya Benny. Middy

  3. My sweet friendship with Benny was mostly when we attended St Francis Grade School and Lourdes High School, a long time ago! Wonderful memories ! I can still hear his fun and infectious laughter. He took me to the Lourdes Homecoming Dance when we were Freshmen! My husband Larry, of 53 years, was also a classmate. Benny will be missed. Our deepest condolences. Luanne (Louie Kroska) and Larry Koshire

  4. My sincere condolences for your family. Jim was a good neighbor when I lived on Lakeview Dr. RIP Jim. ❤❤

  5. I’d like to add that Benny and I had some good years together. I never have and never will forget him.

  6. If only I could remember all the good times Benny and I had together. We met in mr Monsruds mechanical drafting class at JM.. Now benny was truly and artist and I couldn’t draw a stick man. Thank god for Jim because he drew most of my drawings to be turned in and we made a deal with Mr Monsrud that if we had are drawings done by Friday that we could sneak out the shop door and go down to Bennys root beer stand on my motorcycle. As Jim completed both our drawings and Monsrud wanted us out of the class Friday anyway, we were off and from then on we partied alot, double dated and just hung out together, we even worked together at st marys. He always had a way with the ladies, oh the stories and fun.. I’ll miss you man but we’ll all see you again.. rest in peace my friend.

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