Benecke selected as JROTC Hall of Honor inductee

April 20, 2015

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Tim Benecke has been named this year’s LTG General John Moellering Hall of Honor inductee. He is a 1974 graduate of Concordia Lutheran High School and a former member of the school’s JROTC program where he attained the rank of Cadet Major, serving as Battalion Executive Officer, Snap Squad Exhibition Drill Team Commander and Officer’s Ball Chairman.

The award was established in 1989 by members of the JROTC Officers Club to recognize CLHS alumni who have distinguished themselves as leaders in their chosen profession. It is named in honor of LTG John H. Moellering, a 1955 graduate, in recognition of his long and distinguished career with the U.S. Army.

Benecke was honored at the annual JROTC Officers Ball on April 18.

A native of Fort Wayne, Benecke is the vice president and chief operating officer of The Royal Group in Cicero, Ill., a packaging company with 25 sales and manufacturing locations across the country. He is a 40-year packaging industry veteran who is a longtime member of the Technical Association of the Paper and Pulp Industry (TAPPI) and has served on the executive boards of industry organizations such as Chicago TAPPI, Independent Converters Council and the Chicago Packaging Council for The City of Hope.

He is a currently a member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Naperville, Ill., where he is an Elder, choir member and Sacristan. He previously served as Bethany’s congregation chairman and chairman of the school board.

He attended Purdue University at Fort Wayne and was awarded an AAS degree in mechanical engineering technology in 1978, an AAS degree in industrial engineering technology in 1982, and a BS degree in supervision in 1985. He was a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers and was named to the Dean’s List and Chancellor’s List on multiple occasions.

Concordia Lutheran High School, located at 1601 St. Joe River Drive in Fort Wayne, Ind., was founded in 1935 as a private, co-educational Lutheran high school open to students of all faiths and backgrounds. With Christ at the center, Concordia continues to pursue educational excellence that equips individuals for lifelong learning and service as disciples of Jesus Christ. Learn more at