Kenneth Paul Benson

POWERS – Kenneth Paul Benson, 96, of Powers, passed away on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at Pinecrest Medical Care Facility in Powers. Ken was born on Feb. 28, 1918, in Nadeau, to the late Andrew G. and Hannah (Christensen) Benson. Ken proudly served his country in the United States Army during World War II. On Aug. 30, 1953, Ken married the former Olive LeBeau. Olive preceded him in death on Feb. 11, 2006. Ken owned and operated a dairy farm for many years and enjoyed showing dairy cattle for many years at the U.P. State Fair. Ken was a member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church, the VFW and the Powers/Spalding Lions Club.

Survivors include his daughter, Tammy (David) Rupp of Canton, Mich.; son, Charles (Brenda) Benson of Powers; five grandchildren, Allen and Lori Benson, Cindy Benson, and Greg and Kristy Rupp; two great-grandchildren; four sisters, Eunice Ellenberger, Harriet Boruch, Lucille Moore, and Verna Perras; four brothers, Maurice, Richard, Andrew and Vernon Benson.

Ken was preceded in death by his son, Lawrence; sister, Evelyn Sheski; and two brothers, Lloyd and Gerald.

Family and friends may call at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Spalding on Friday, May 30, after 11 a.m. until time of Mass of Christian Burial at 1 p.m. (CST). Father Emmett Norden is officiating. Burial will be in Nadeau Township Cemetery with Military Honors at 3:30 p.m. Anderson Diehm Funeral Home, Stephenson, is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at