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Benjamin Eugene Linn, Sr., 90, Overbrook, Kan., formerly of Ottawa, passed away Friday, Oct. 5, 2012 at Brookside Manor in Overbrook, Kan.

Funeral services are planned for 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Dengel & Son Mortuary. Interment will follow at Highland Cemetery, Ottawa, with military honors by the Kansas National Guard Honors Detail. Friends may pay their respects to Mr. Linn from 9 a.m. Thursday to the service hour at Dengel & Son Mortuary. The family will meet with friends 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday.

He was born Wednesday, Nov. 16, 1921, in Omaha, Neb., the son of Benjamin and Mildred (Hull) Linn.

Ben grew up in the Parsons, Kan., area, moving to Wichita in 1954. He transferred to Washington in 1968, and to Ottawa in 1992 to be closer to his girls.

He graduated from Mound Valley High School with the class of 1939.

Ben was a tool and die maker, working 10 years for Katy Railroad and 20 years for Boeing, retiring in 1977.

Ben served in the United States Coast Guard during World War II, attaining the rank of Seaman, First Class. He received the World War II Victory Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Ribbon, and the American Theatre Ribbon.

He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Ottawa.

Ben was united in marriage with Edythe Olene Duvall Oct. 31, 1942, in Coffeyville, Kan. She preceded him in death Nov. 12, 1994.

Survivors include four sons, Benjamin Linn, Jr. and his wife, Becky, Wichita, Ron Linn and Robin Amestoy, Squim, Wash., Les Linn, Wichita, and Barry Linn, Las Vegas, Nev.; two daughters Peggy Klink and her husband, Larry, Ottawa, and Debbie Michael-Ketterman and her husband, Mike, Overbrook; four granddaughters, Tonya Barnett and her husband, Brent, Quartz Hill, Calif., Johanna Pearce and her husband, Jared, Ventura, Calif., Lacy Michael, Ottawa, and Stacy Linn, Marysville, Wash.; seven grandsons, Eddie Carter and his wife, Diana, Ft. Mojave, Ariz., Evan Michael and his wife, Cari, Ottawa, Eric Michael and his wife, Aubree, New Mexico, Buddy Linn, Marysville, Wash., Zach Linn, Wichita, Zared Linn, Wichita, and Bill Klink and his wife, Yvette, Silver Lake, Kan.; 13 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren

He was preceded in death by his wife, Edythe Linn; parents, Benjamin and Mildred Linn; and daughter-in-law, Billie Linn.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Hospice of Topeka or True Grace Ministry of Melvern through Dengel & Son Mortuary 235 S. Hickory St., Ottawa KS 66067.

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