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Benjamin Edward Seeger

Aug 21, 2008

Benjamin Edward Seeger, 81, son of Karl and Florence (Whitsell) Seeger, was born on Sept. 10, 1926 in Yankton, S.D. The drought and dust storms of the 30’s forced the family to search for a livelihood in Sheldon, and eventually on a farm northeast of Petersburg, Minn.

As a youth Ben attended Petersburg Public Schools. In 1945 Ben enlisted in the United States Army and was stationed in the Philippines during World War II. He received a WWII Victory Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, Philippine Independence Ribbon and Good Conduct Award.

Shortly after returning from service, the family moved southeast of Sioux Valley, Minn There he met Ersel Hilliard at the Methodist Church in Montgomery, where they were later married, Dec. 13, 1952. Together they made their home next to Vick’s Corner for a short time and then the family farm in Sioux Valley before moving to a farm southwest of Estherville in 1955, where they continued to farm and raise livestock. To earn extra income, Ben started working night clean-up at Morrell’s Meat Packing facility before later moving the family into Estherville in 1962. Ben continued working at Morrell’s until his retirement in 1983. They continued to make their home in Estherville until Ersel’s passing on July 8, 1992.

Although living and working in town, farming was in his blood and he always found a way to own a tractor and help friends farm. During this time he also worked for a construction company. In 2001 he moved to Jackson to take care of his sister, Maxine until she died in 2004. Ben stayed in Jackson until going to the Mary-Jane Brown Nursing Home, then Poplar Creek Assisted Living facility and then to the Minnesota Veterans Home in November of 2007, all in Luverne. Ben remained at the Minnesota Veterans Home until his passing on Monday, Aug. 18, 2008, at the age of 81 years, 11 months, and 8 days.

Ben really loved being outdoors, where he enjoyed walking, fishing and camping. He especially loved taking trips to Green Lake and Clear Lake with the family. He enjoyed playing cards and puzzle books, and loved taking road trips, short and long. Ben was also an active volunteer at the Jackson Senior Center and would help friends around their farms when time would allow.

Ben is survived by his four children; Gary Morand of Duluth, Ga.; Karla (Richard) Hasbrook of Warroad, Minn.; Tarry (Darci) Seeger of Kansas City, Mo.; and Shari (Mark) Lenz of Lismore, Minn.; 15 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

Ben is preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 40 years, Ersel, his sister Maxine, his grandson, Paul and infant granddaughter, Donna.

A funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 22, 2008 at The Osterberg Funeral Home in Jackson with Pastor David Brown officiating.

There will be a visitation from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 21, at The Osterberg Funeral Home and also one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.