James Benusa, 64 year old resident of Royalton died Wednesday, June 14 at the St. Cloud Hospital. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, June 23 at 11:00 A.M. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Royalton with Father Roger Klassen officiating. A visitation will be held from 9:30 to 11:00 A.M. on Friday, June 23 at the church. The burial will be held in the parish cemetery.
James Jim Benusa was born April 23, 1953 at St. Gabriels Hospital in Little Falls, MN to Luke and Evelyn (Warzecha) Benusa. James graduated from Royalton High School in 1971. He served his country in the United States Army and was honorably discharged in 1973. James attended St. Cloud State and received a Bachelors of Science in Engineering. He was united in marriage to Kathleen Cielinski on December 2, 1978 in Little Falls. The couple made their home in Royalton, where they raised three boys, Chad, Nicholas and Nathan. James worked as a union bricklayer and allied craftsman throughout his life.
James enjoyed fishing, spending time with his family, and deer hunting, especially with his grandson Hunter. He loved riding his Harley Davidson Motorcycle, restoring old vehicles, in particular his 1956 Ford truck, and rides in his Camaro. He was an avid Minnesota Twins and Minnesota Vikings fan.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Kathleen of Royalton; children, Nicholas Benusa of Royalton, Nathan Benusa of Aitkin, Chad (Melissa) Bailey of Royalton; grandchildren, Hunter Bailey and Jaden Bailey; siblings, Mary (Scott) Krueger of Royalton, Gary (Jeanette) Benusa of Duluth; nephews, Chris Benusa, Andrew Benusa, Michael Benusa, David Benusa and Isaac Krueger.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Luke and Evelyn Benusa.