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“It was a joy to meet such a dear man and care for him on many occasions. I pray at this time you find hope and peace and comfort in the Lord. I am...Read More »
1 of 21 | Posted by: Melissa Wehking - Morris, MN

“Mark, my thoughts and prayers are with you are your family at this time....God bless Jim Cookson ”
2 of 21 | Posted by: Jim Cookson - Bridgewater, NJ

“To the Benham Family - our thoughts are prayers are with you all. May GOD grant you the peace in knowing that HE has taken Leo home to live with HIM...Read More »
3 of 21 | Posted by: Donna (Raasch) Eul - Chokio, MN

“My prayers are with your familey. ”
4 of 21 | Posted by: Ken. Faught - Marysville, WA

“Sue Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family at this difficult time. Diane and Doug Kirks ”
5 of 21 | Posted by: Diane Kirks - Blaine, MN

“Mark, we are so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. You'll be in our thoughts and prayers. May you find comfort and strength as you celebrate his...Read More »
6 of 21 | Posted by: Elvira & Shane Kracker - Climax, MI

“Sue, We are so sorry to hear of your father's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ”
7 of 21 | Posted by: Cindy & Marty Wetzel - MN

“Mark: We are praying for you and your family at this time. We rejoice with you in the hope of the resurrection. May God bless you. ”
8 of 21 | Posted by: Pastor David A. Jayne - MO

“Our prayers are with Mark and his family. Tim & LeAnn Barker ”
9 of 21 | Posted by: Tim & LeAnn Barker - Springfield, MO

“I'm asking the Lord to give peace to Mark and the family during this time of sorrow. My prayers are with you. ”
10 of 21 | Posted by: Martha Hall - Springfield, MO

“Hi Sue, I am sorry I wont be able to share in your rememberence of your dad on Friday. Just know that I am thinking of you and your family in...Read More »
11 of 21 | Posted by: Lynn Peterzen - Brooklyn Center, MN

“Beth, Dean and families - our thoughts are with you all at this difficult time. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers! ”
12 of 21 | Posted by: Teresa & Pat Schad - Melrose, MN

“With deepest sympathy to Sue, Scott, Nicole & family, Ryan the the rest of this wonderful family. We will continue to pray for you in the days ahead...Read More »
13 of 21 | Posted by: Maxine Pierson - Champlin, MN

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Great Uncle Leo will be missed! ~ Kevin & Stace Olson, & family ”
14 of 21 | Posted by: Stacie (Strickler) Olson - MN

“To the Benham family What a long full life! It is hard to say goodbye but the memories are "great". I am thinking of you and wishing you the best. ...Read More »
15 of 21 | Posted by: Alice [Berg] Boom - Alexandria, MN

“Dear Lillian, We are so sorry to learn of Leo's passing. We have only the fondest memories of our time as your neighbors, and will be thinking of...Read More »
16 of 21 | Posted by: Lyn and David Loewi - Denver, CO

“Beth, So sorry for your loss. We are away visiting children but wanted you to know you are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
17 of 21 | Posted by: Pearl and Tom

“Lillian & Family, So sorry for your loss. Leo had great sense of humor and we will miss his smile. We will forever have the fond memories of...Read More »
18 of 21 | Posted by: Dale & Kate Livingston - Morris, MN

“our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.we were your neighbors a few years ago down the street. BILL&DIANN ”
19 of 21 | Posted by: bill&diann(erdman)storck

“I'm so sorry for the passing of your husband/dad. My thoughts are with you. ”
20 of 21 | Posted by: Roxie Bartell Christopherson - AZ

“Our thoughts & prayers are with the Benham family. Roger, Kathy, Josh & Kirsten Nelson ”
21 of 21 | Posted by: Roger & Kathy Nelson - IA

Leo Warren Benham of Morris died on Monday, March 12, 2012, at the age of 95. Funeral services for Leo will be held Friday, March 16, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. at the Morris Evangelical Free Church in Morris, MN. Reverend Neil Leroux will be officiating. Visitation will be held Thursday from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., with a prayer service at 7:00 at the Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris and for one hour prior to services at the church on Friday. Burial will be at the rural Chokio Cemetery. Leo was born May 31, 1916 on a farm by Montevideo to Herbert and Anna Mae (Mitchell) Benham. At the age of 14, Leo and his family moved to a farm by Danvers, MN. He attended schools in Montevideo and rural Tara Township in Swift County. Leo worked on his father's farm and for his neighbors until 1951 when he established his own farm near Chokio. Leo was united in marriage to Lillian Jipson on September 2, 1951 at the Chokio United Methodist Church. The couple resided on their farm until September 1994 when they moved into Morris. Leo retired from farming in 1977. He was Stevens County Agricultural Inspector and Township Assessor for 14 years. He attended the Chokio United Methodist Church. His interests included his family, farming, walking, woodworking, and reading. Leo had a love for nature and enjoyed watching and feeding birds. He could identify birds by song. He loved music, especially his daughters' piano playing. Leo instilled in his children the importance of a good education and strong work ethic. He loved traveling and vacations at the lake with his family. Leo is preceded in death by his parents and five siblings, Roy, Wes, Ellen, Erma and infant sister, Helen. Leo is survived by his wife, Lillian of Morris. One son, Mark Benham of Springfield, Missouri. Five daughters: Sue (Scott) Buss of Champlin; Beth (Dean) Bourne of Montevideo; Myrna (Terry) Hoffa of North Branch; Sandy (Steve) Sather of Brooklyn Park; and Anne (Gary) Nelson of Hutchinson. Ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren: Nicole (Chris) John and their children Nate and Devin; Ryan Buss; Ethan (Michelle) Sletten and their child Taylor; Brett Sletten; Bill Hoffa; Alec, Jenna and Andrew Nelson; Nick Bourne and Erin (Terry) Northrup. Three sisters-in-law; Bernice Benham of Benson, Myrtie Diehl of Morris, and Belva Jipson of Graceville. Many nieces and nephews, special friends and neighbors of Ridge Road in Morris. Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris is in charge of the arrangements. To send condolences to the family please visit www.pedersenfh.com.

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