CLAIR GODFREY BENZEN

C. Benzen webphotoClair Benzen of Braham, formerly of Huntley, passed away on Saturday, April 9, 2011 at Grace Pointe Crossing East of Cambridge. He was 94 years old.

A FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 10:30 am on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at the Stanchfield Baptist Church with Rev. Dale Cope Officiating.

VISITATION will be held from 9:00 am to 10:30 am, prior to the serivce at church.

INTERMENT will be at 2:00pm at the Hillside Cemetery in Minneapolis with Military Honors.

Clair Godfrey Benzen, age 94, of Braham, MN, formerly of Huntley, MN passed away peacefully at GracePointe Crossing East Gables in Cambridge, MN, on Saturday, April 9, 2011.
Clair was born at home in Sedgwick, Colorado, the eighth of nine children, to Emma (Younglund) and Godfrey Benzen. When he was nine years old his mother died and he and two brothers were placed in a children’s home in Holdrege, Nebraska where he lived until graduating from Holdrege High School in 1936.
The following spring, after working odd jobs in Nebraska, Clair hopped a freight train to southern Minnesota where he worked for several farmers. In 1941 he enlisted in the Army Air Force. After training in several locations all around the US, Clair was sent to England on the Queen Mary in 1942. He was stationed at the Chelveston Air Base where he was a mechanic on B-17 bombers during the bombing missions over Germany until the war ended in 1945. In 1949, Clair returned to the children’s home in Holdrege where he was employed as farm manager. It was here he met his wife, Muriel (Kreitz) who was also working there. They were married in 1950 at the Richfield, Minnesota Evangelical Free Church. Clair and Muriel moved back to the Huntley, MN area in 1951 where they farmed and raised three children, retiring in 1984.
Clair accepted the Lord as his personal savior at the age of 18 at a revival meeting. Throughout his life his commitment to the Lord continued through his family, his church, and his integrity.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Muriel in 2000, five brothers, four sisters, and numerous cousins.
Clair is survived by his daughter Linda Schmiedeberg of Fosston, MN; sons Jim (Lynette) Benzen of Plymouth, MN, and John (Janette) Benzen of Braham, MN. Seven Grandchildren: Matthew Schmiedeberg, Justine (Bryan) Ryba, Jillian Benzen, MacCoy Benzen, Ross (Marianne) Benzen, Hugh Benzen, and Nora Benzen; Great grandchildren Natalie and Eli Benzen, and an expected great granddaughter; a half brother and sister; also many other relatives and friends.
A Funeral service was held on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at the Stanchfield Baptist Church with Rev. Dale Cope officiating. Music was provided by Ross Benzen, Randy Plageman, Pam Theline. Casket Bearers were Clair’s seven grandchildren. Interment was in the Hillside Cemetery of Minneapolis. Military Honors were provided by the MN National Guard.

3 guestbook entries for CLAIR GODFREY BENZEN

  1. Kent Seetin April 11, 2011 at 1:05 pm #

    John and Janette, Deepest sympathies at this difficult time. Clair and Muriel were models of faithful Christians who put the Lord first, then their family, then their church and community. We had alot of good times in 4-H and Extension. I pray you find peace and comfort at this time.

  2. Galen Nordin April 12, 2011 at 7:12 am #

    Linda, Jim and John,

    You have our deepest sympathy. Clair was such a wonderful man. We had so many great visits when he lived in Lancaster. He was such a blessing and an encouragement to me and to our Church. I regret not getting to spend more time with Clair, but I praise God that we will meet again. I loved hearing his stories about the service and about his life. What an amazing life he lived. I will miss Clair and I pray that God will comfort you all and bless you in the days ahead. May God bless your memories of Clair and follow in his footsteps of faith in our amazing Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. God bless you and keep you in his comfort. Pastor Galen Nordin

  3. Jan (Mallery) Pettersen April 12, 2011 at 7:07 pm #

    Linda, Jim & John,
    Our sincere sympathy and thoughts of your father. My mom and I were sharing our memories of your family during our years at Huntley. Mom recalled the couples group from church that met each month when Pastor Kisner was there…Doolittles, Sheplees, Keith and George Andersons’, Hubers, Cravens, Bailes, Nordstrums…many are gone now but there’s a day coming when we’ll be together again. What a day of rejoicing that will be.

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