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Ben DeLong VII, 83

Ben DeLong VII, 83, died Saturday, August 9, 2014 at Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria.

Ben was born to Ben VI and Della (Kruize) DeLong on July 1, 1931 in rural Elbow Lake, the second child in a family of eight. Both his parents had immigrated to America in 1910 from the Dutch Netherlands and settled near Adrian as farmers.

In 1947, Ben moved with his family to a farm they had purchased four miles south of Herman. Ben grew up there and later purchased the farm. In 1951, Ben joined the United States Army and served his country during the Korean War in the Intelligence Reconnaissance Division, 100 miles behind the Iron Curtain in Berlin, Germany. He was honorably discharged in May 1954 and enrolled at Moorhead State College.

On April 2, 1955, Ben and Vonna Koser were married at the E.U.B. Church in Norcross by the Rev. Vern Schendel. They moved onto the farm south of Herman, where they lived the next 48 years raising their four children, Ben Bradley VIII, Kandis Kae, Jana Joy and Ginger Ginean.

Ben was a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He enjoyed bowling, golfing, playing pool, pitching horseshoes, playing cards and spending time with family. He was active in the United Methodist Church, serving on various church boards, Odd Fellows, American Legion and a 4-H leader. He was active in mission work in Mexico, and worked for various emergency centers in Minnesota, including the floods in Roseau, Winona and Rochester. Ben was also a volunteer for the joint replacement center at Douglas County Hospital.

Ben and Vonna enjoyed camping and traveling, having visited all 50 states, Canada, Mexico and a large part of Europe. They were snowbirds in the lush Rio Grande Valley of Texas for 20-plus years. Due to declining health, Ben and Vonna moved from the farm to Alexandria in 2001.

Ben served his God first; family second; country and community third. Well done, good and faithful servant.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ben and Anna; parents, Ben and Della; brothers, Robert and Edward; and grandson, Bryce Ringdahl.

Ben is survived by his wife, Vonna; son, Ben of Alexandria; daughters, Kandis (Scott) of Glenwood, Jana (Todd) of Seattle, WA and Ginger (Scott) of Anna, OH; eight grandchildren and four great-granddaughters; brothers, John and Richard; sisters, Greta Mogler, Elsie (Al) Iverson and Darlene Loose.

A memorial service was held Thursday, August 14 at Herman Methodist Church in Herman with the Rev. Darrell Boe officiating. Interment was at Lakeside Cemetery in Herman. Honorary urn bearers were Bens grandchildren and great-granddaughters. Military honors were provided by the Herman American Legion Post 378.

Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria;