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Benjamin Franklin 'Benny' Proshold
Birth: Feb. 18, 1914
Ada County
Idaho, USA
Death: Nov. 22, 1953
Alameda County
California, USA


His father was Ernst Friedrich Robert 'Fred' Proshold Pröschold (b. 14 Jan 1871, Gräfenthal, Saalfeld-Rudolstadt, Thüringen, Germany; d. 22 Feb 1939, Longview, Cowlitz, Washington), who immigrated at age 21 from Hamburg Germany on the vessel 'Eureka' to the Port of New York in May 1892. His mother was Hannah Christina Kuntz (b. 23 Apr 1878, Denmark; d. 18 Sep 1952, Tacoma, Pierce, Washington), and she immigrated at age 4 with her family from Denmark. Benny was next to the youngest of 9 children, all born in the U.S.A.:

• Mary Amelia Proshold Carpenter 1897–1984
• Charles Edward Proshold 1899–1979
• Alfred Clarence 'Al' Proshold 1901–1976
• Matilda Helen Proshold Pettet 1904–1994
• Harold Raymond 'Ray' Proshold 1906–1984
• Irving Adolph Proshold 1908–1979
• Ethel Roseta Proshold Johnston 1910–1960
• Benjamin Franklin Proshold 1914–1953
• Gordon Eugene 'Gene' Proshold 1925–2009

He moved around age 12 with his family from Idaho to Longview, Cowlitz, Washington. When he started working, like his father, he got a job in the lumber mills. He was 20 when on 9 Jun 1934, he married his 18-year old bride, Sarah Jane 'Clara' Rearick.

During World War II, he enlisted on 23 Oct 1943 in the U.S. Navy and achieved the rank of Machinist's Mate 3rd Class (MM3) in the SEABEES (Construction Battalion). He was honorably discharged on 30 Dec 1945.

In May 1947 they adopted their only child, Richard Lee Proshold, who was 26 months old and who had previously been placed in 14 foster homes. By 1949, work in the lumber mills was scarce, so Benny moved his family of 3 to Eureka, Humboldt, California, where he worked in the plywood mills as a millwright, skills which he developed in the Navy.

In 1952, he bought a brand new vehicle, a Hudson Hornet with automatic transmission, because he was having pain in his right leg and didn't want to tell anyone about not being able to use it. For a few months, he managed to drive the car using his left leg for both the gas and the brake.

When his bone cancer worsened, he had to leave his home in Eureka and go to the San Diego VA Medical Center in southern California for treatment. When the day came to leave the house in Eureka, Benny's son Richard was standing in the driveway crying, wanting his Dad to turn around and wave to him. But Benny couldn't. He knew he wasn't coming back, and he wanted to remember his son with a smile on his face, not tears. Benny was transported to the Veterans Hospital and died a few months later in Alameda, Alameda, California, at age 39.
Family links: 
  Ernst Friedrich Robert 'Fred' Proshold Pröschold (1871 - 1939)
  Sarah Jane 'Clara' Rearick Proshold Elliott (1916 - 1992)*
  Charles Edward 'Charlie' Proshold (1899 - 1979)*
  Matilda Helen Proshold Pettet (1904 - 1994)*
  Harold Raymond 'Ray' Proshold (1906 - 1984)*
  Irving Adolph Proshold (1908 - 1979)*
  Ethel Rosetta Proshold Johnston (1910 - 1960)*
  Benjamin Franklin 'Benny' Proshold (1914 - 1953)
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Longview Memorial Park & Mausoleum
Cowlitz County
Washington, USA
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Record added: Dec 07, 2012
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Benjamin Franklin 'Benny' Proshold
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