|Birth: ||Jun. 3, 1889|
|Death: ||Jan. 8, 1981|
Fred Benton CAIN Married Grace Rebecca MATHEWS on 25 MAR 1914 in Ough, Dundy County, Nebraska, USA.
Burial: 10 JAN 1981
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1981
Rev. Fred Benton Cain
Rev. Fred Benton Cain, son of Thomas Benton and Mary Jane (Kelly) Cain, was born June 3, 1889 in Dundy County, NE and passed away Jan. 8, 1981 at the Great Plains
Medical Center, North Platte, NE at the age of 91 years, 7 months and 5 days. He attended school here and elsewhere in moving about with his parents and having lived
in several different states, including Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri. In 1910, Fred took out a homestead claim near Karval, CO in Lincoln County near Hugo, CO.
Fred also taught school in the Hiawatha area, northwest of Benkelman far a short time and it was there that he met Grace Mathews who became his bride March 25, 1914. This marriage was blessed with three sons, Ronald, Lyle and Freddie.
Early in 1914 they moved to their homestead in Colorado and encountered the hardships of pioneer life that many early pioneers knew, but always with the will and determination to keep on trying.
Fred received Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour in 1927 and was called to the ministry. He preached his first sermon in 1928 and accepted his first pastorate in 1929 in Kutch, CO. From that time on they labored faithfully in the gospel ministry, having pastored in churches in Colorado, Kansas, and Nebraska and also having served as an evangelist throughout many areas. They retired from active service in 1968 and moved to Benkelman, NE after many years of ministerial and evangelistic service, and more than 50 years of married life. Fred. continued to preach here in the local Friends Church on occasions when there was a vacancy to be filled, and on this past September 14, when the church honored the Retired Ministers and Senior Citizens of our church, Fred gave his last public exhortation, admonishing people to remain faithful to God and His Word, and be prepared to live for and meet God.
In early January of 1972. Fred laid his faithful wife Grace, to rest after having spent over 50 years together.
On Dec. 3, 1972, Fred was united in marriage to Florence V. Cox in Denver, CO., and they continued to live in Benkelman and were faithful in attendance to the Friends Church as long as their health permitted.
Fred was an effective minister of the gospel, leading many to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ as a personal Savior. He loved the church and His Lord very deeply and was faithful in His service to both Christ and the church. He was a member of the local Ministerial association, and had held many contributing positions in the church world throughout his lifetime. He will be remembered as having served as pastor of the Pleasant Valley Friends Church from 1937 to 1940 when they went to Haviland, KS.
Fred also loved writing history and contributed several articles of importance the Benkelman Post after having retired here, relating pioneer experiences of both his and his father and family.
Fred was a very attentive and affectionate husband, a kind father, and faithful friend; he loved people and showed a personal interest in them and their interests ann concerns. He will be sadly missed by the church and community as well as his loved ones. He was a man in strength and character and had gained many years of wisdom and usable knowledge throughout his lifetime. He had enjoyed good health until age took its toll.
Fred was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Grace, two sons, Lyle ant Freddie and a grandson Clarence Cain; four sisters, Ettie, Minnie, Lillie and Jessie; and a brother Roy.
He is survived by his widow Florence; one son, Ronald and wife Thelma of Commerce City, CO; four grandchildren, seven great grandchildren two stepdaughters, Katherine
Cox of Benkelman and Helen Dalton of Denver, CO; two daughters-in-law, Dorothy (Cain) Smetz of Stockton, KS and Jimmie Sue Cain of Houston, TX; one brother-in-law, Roy Mathews and wife Edna of El Paso, TX; four sisters-in-law, Ruth Mathews of Boise, ID, Florence Mathews of Imperial, Doris Williams and Inez Mathews of Benkelrnan, besides many nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
Services were held Mon., Jan. 12, 1981 at 1:30 p.m. in Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman. Rev Bob Sander and Rev. Merle Roe officiated at the services.
Carol and Robert Sander sang "The Old Rugged Cross Makes a Difference" and "How Great Thou Art" accompanied by Ann Benge on the organ.
Bearers were Lyle Hansen, Wilfred Hansen, Johnny Mays, Tom Hansen, Mearl Richard and Mason Wilson. Honorary bearers included Edwin Adkinson, Roy Mathews, Malvin Hendrickson, Gene Hansen, Sherm Phifer and Lyle Weiss.
Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery, Benkelman, NE.
Thomas Benton Cain (1847 - 1933)
Mary Jane Kelley Cain (1853 - 1929)
Florence V. Cox Cain (1891 - 1987)
Grace Rebecca Mathews Cain (1892 - 1972)
Ronald Leroy Cain (1915 - 1993)*
Lyle Vernon Cain (1918 - 1951)*
Fred M. Cain (1924 - 1951)*
Maintained by: Donna & Wayne Cain
Originally Created by: David Goltry
Record added: Dec 16, 2010
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