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Benjamin B. Marx


Benjamin B. Marx

Benjamin Bernard Marx, 86, passed away October 21, 2016, at the Oregon Veteran's Home in The Dalles.

He was born Jan. 8, 1930, in St. Paul, Minn., to Benjamin and Eva (House) Marx. The fourth of five children, Ben lived in Minnesota until he was 18 years old, when he joined the United States Army at Fort Lewis. He served in Korea, Germany, and France. While in the Army, Ben suffered a serious back injury. He was honorably discharged in 1962.

Ben married Doris Morning of Bloomer, Wisconsin. The couple had five children; twins, Jeffrey and Susan, Calvin, Merton and Terri. His wife and three children lost their lives in a house fire in 1964. Ben and his children, Merton and Terri, moved to Washington state, living for a time in Bellingham.

In 1973, Ben met and married Janice (Sellers); gaining three more daughters, Lanita, Karen and Janelle. A son, Kevin, joined the family in 1981.

Ben worked for the U.S. Postal Service, as a mail carrier for 13 years, until moving to Goldendale in 1986. Ben and Janice owned and operated a milk home-delivery business, "Reveloaks Dairy" for one year. He also worked at the Top Hat Tavern; completed truck driving school, and worked 11 years as a security guard at the Goldendale Aluminum plant and Maryhill Museum. Ben retired in 2000, and in 2002, he and Janice moved to the Oregon Coast; first to Otis, then to Lincoln City, where the family enjoyed spending time on the beach and shopping.

In April 2016, Ben relocated to The Dalles, nearer to family, where he was a patient at the Oregon Veterans Home until the time of his death.

Ben was a member of the Lincoln City Assembly of God Church. He enjoyed travelling, visiting family and seeing different parts of the country. He also enjoyed watching John Wayne, Clint Eastwood and Audie Murphy westerns; Three Stooges; M.A.S.H. reruns; and professional wrestling. Ben was a "putterer." He could often be found with his head inside the hood of a car, trying to figure out what "that noise" was. He also loved to be around his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and watching their sporting events.

Ben was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Doris; four children, Jeffrey, Susan, Calvin and Merton; three sisters, Marjorie DenHartog, Hazel Stull, and Thelma Moody, and a granddaughter, Jami Henslee.

Benjamin B. Marx

Survivors include his wife, Janice, of Lincoln City; daughters, Terri Marx of Bellingham, Lanita (Doug) Kottke of Kirkland, Karen (Mike) Henslee of Goldendale, and Janelle Lomsdalen of Goldendale; son, Kevin (Deidra) Marx of The Dalles; brother, Ron (Janet) Marx of Port Angeles; grandchildren, Kim (Chris) Graham of Corvallis, Ore., Doug Kottke III of Pendleton, Ore., Ben Kottke of Granite Falls, Wash., Shari (Jason) Quantrell of East Wenatchee, Aiden and Lily Marx, of The Dalles (and one to be born in Nov.); great-grandchildren, Andrew and Nathan Graham, and June and Alice Quantrell; in-laws; lots of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, and long-time friend, Jack Jackson, of Portland.

A funeral service will be held Friday, Nov. 4, at 2 p.m. at New Life Assembly of God Church, 1602 S. Columbus Avenue, in Goldendale. Ben will be interred with full military honors in the Veterans section at Mt. View Cemetery. A memorial service will be held in Lincoln City, Ore., at a later date.

Arrangements are in the care of Columbia Hills Memorial Chapel.


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