|Birth: ||Dec. 11, 1931|
|Death: ||Sep. 20, 2009|
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Bennie Ronald Kersch, 77, of Sun River, died of heart failure Sunday at the Salt Lake City Veterans' Hospital.
His funeral is 2 p.m. Thursday at Croxford Funeral Home, followed by burial with military honors in Sun River Cemetery. A reception will take place at the Vaughn Volunteer Fire Department, after the burial.
He is survived by his wife, Inge; his five children, Steve (Marilyn) Kersch of Sun River, Rob (April) Kersch of Deer Lodge, Stan (Sandra) Kersch of Houston, Texas, Jeff (Trisha) Kersch of Blaine, Wash., and Heidi ("Toad") Vann of Nikiski, Alaska; his grandchildren, Kristi, Sarah, Sean, Josh, Rachel, Tucker and Sawyer; and his sisters Grace (Henry) and Thelma (Ervin) of Spokane, Wash.
Bennie was born Dec. 11, 1931, to Joe and Esther Kersch in Fort Benton. The family moved to Sun River in 1942, and he graduated from Simms High School in 1950.
In 1952 he joined the U.S. Navy. He proudly served his country as an electrician on the aircraft carrier USS Hancock, (CVA 19) and on the guided missile cruiser USS Norton Sound, (AVA 11), which was the first guided missile ship in the Navy.
After his military service, he worked for Birch Construction as a roller operator building Montana's highways before starting his own excavation business in 1965.
He married Inge Wolpert on Sept. 15, 1961.
He served with the Sun River Volunteer Fire Department and as chairman of the local school board for a number of years.
Bennie enjoyed fishing, reading, playing cards, watching sports, and cheering on his grandchildren at whatever sport they were playing. He loved his morning coffee at the various Sun River Valley cafés and the Wednesday livestock auction, and sitting on his deck visiting with friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Esther; a sister, Dorothy; and brother-in-law Duane
Created by: ROA
Record added: Sep 22, 2009
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