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Benjamin F. Hormel, 88, of McCook, Neb., died Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2002, at Bickford Cottage, Lincoln, Neb.
He was born Jan. 19, 1914, in Austin, Minnesota, to Benjamin Franklin Hormel, Sr. and Flora Mae Kaufman.
He grew up in Austin and graduated from Principia Upper School in St. Louis, Mo. He attended college in Grinell, Iowa and graduated with a bachelors degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1937.
On Feb. 25, 1937, he married Thalma I. Lowe in Plainview, Neb. She died Dec. 19, 1986.
The couple moved to McCook, Neb. in 1938, where Ben owned and operated his Hormel Chevrolet Dealership. On June 15, 1944, he entered the United States Navy, serving during World War II. He returned his business in McCook following his honorable discharge on March 20, 1946. He retired in 1980.
On Sept. 5, 1987, he married Fritzi (Hinkle) Prest in McCook.
Bill was a member of First Church of Christ Scientist, the McCook Masonic Lodge 135 A.F. & A.M., All Masonic Bodies in McCook and the Tehame Shrine in Hastings, Neb. He was a member of McCook Elks Lodge 1434 and served on the McCook Board of Education from 1947 to 1961. He was a past director of Rotary International and past president of McCook Rotary Club, a former director of the Y.M.C.A. and the United Fund and organized the Crime Stoppers organization in McCook and served on the McCook City Council.
Survivors include wife, Fritzi Hormel, McCook, Neb.; daughters, Anabeth (Frazier) Cox and husband, Ted; Mary Sue Harris and husband, Bill, all of Lincoln, Neb.; stepchildren, Bob Prest and wife, Janet, Phoenix, Ariz.; Billie Rouzee and husband, John, North Platte, Neb.; four grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; 14 step-great-grandchildren; relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Thalma; sisters, Virginia Grounds and Lois Lyons.
Service: 11 a.m. memorial service, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2002, at the Herrmann Memorial Chapel with Theresa Corder officiating.
Interment: Memorial Park Cemetery, McCook, Neb.
Funeral Home: Herrmann Funeral Home, McCook, Neb.
Memorials: To the Hormel Foundation at McCook Community College or left at the funeral home.
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Hormel descendant dies at Nebraska home
Benjamin F. Hormel, whose ancestors included the founder of Geo. A.
Hormel & Company, has died at the age of 88.
He was the son of Benjamin Franklin Hormel Sr., (deceased), who was
a younger brother of Geo. A. Hormel, founder of the company that bears
his name, Hormel Foods Corporation.
The deceased was born January 18, 1914 in Austin.
He died Tuesday at Bickford Cottage, Lincoln, Neb. He made his home at McCook, Neb.
He was a long-time owner of an auto dealership at McCook, Neb. before retiring.
His father, Benjamin F. Hormel Sr. was the youngest son of George and Lillian Hormel.
His father was there at the beginnings of the Fortune 500 corporation in 1891 and served the company as director, treasurer, second vice president and senior vice president, during his lifetime, according to "In Quest of Quality," the official Hormel biography commissioned by George A. Hormel and written by Richard Dougherty.
Funeral service details appear on Page 2 in this edition of the Austin Daily Herald.
Lee Bonorden can be contacted at 434-2232 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Austin Daily Herald, Oct. 17, 2002