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Burton Irving Benjamin, 75

Burton Irving Benjamin, 75, of Amherst, Wis., passed away peacefully on Dec. 5, following an eight-year battle with multiple myeloma and leukemia.

He was born on Oct. 14, 1938, in his home in Nininger Township of Minnesota, near Hastings. At the time of his death he was surrounded by his family including his loving wife, Carol Ann (Fenner) Benjamin, with whom he shared over 50 years of his life farming and raising their family in Amherst.

Burt touched many lives and will be forever remembered by his friends and family for his sense of humor, creativity, many interests and talents, and his never-ending quest for adventure and knowledge. His interests and passions were numerous and included flying his airplanes, raising game birds and chickens, farming, wood carving, bird watching, old cars, hunting and trapping. Laughter and learning were unavoidable when visiting with Burt, and he was often sought out for advice on subjects ranging from outdoor life to business and finance.

Burt graduated from Hastings High School in 1956, attended the University of Minnesota, and served two years in the U.S. Army, including a peacekeeping deployment in South Korea. He and Carol married in 1964, and moved to Amherst in 1970, where Burt managed farm cooperatives in Amherst, and Wausau, Wis., Blue Earth, Minn., and Rio, Wis., until his retirement in 1998.

Burt was an avid hunter, trapper and naturalist, from his childhood days in Hastings, Minn., through his final months in Amherst, and enjoyed countless successful outings with his sons, son-in-law, grandsons, and friends. He pioneered turkey hunting in central Wisconsin, taught classes and fulfilled his dream of hunting wild turkeys on his property.

Mr. Benjamin is survived by his wife Carol; siblings Harrison, William, and Martha; and his 3 children: son Dean, wife Jill and their children Daniel, Philip, Luke, Anna, Michael, and John Benjamin of Amherst Wis., daughter Nancy, husband Dave Casey and their sons Griffin and Reid Casey of Soldotna, Alaska, and son Russell, wife Jessica Sloan and son William Benjamin of Oberlin, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Florence (Severson) Benjamin; father, Harry M. Benjamin; brother, Wendell Weston Benjamin; and sister, Florence Elizabeth (Benjamin) Blaha.

The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, at the Maple Crest Funeral Home of Waupaca. Visitation will be from 12-4 p.m. on Sunday, and again from 11 a.m. until the time of the service on Monday.

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In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a memorial with the Tomorrow River Scholarship Foundation.

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