Benjamin Russel Hein, longtime Ponca City resident, passed away Tuesday evening, Feb. 13, 2018, in Ponca City. He was born on Aug. 9, 1925, in Grant County, the son of Benjamin M. and Margaret Mund Hein.
A Rosary will be held Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, at 6 p.m. in the Chapel at Grace Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Dick Robinson, from St. Mary’s Catholic Church officiating. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with the Rev. Carson Krittenbrink serving as celebrant. Following the service, he will be laid to rest next to his beloved wife Angela in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. Casket bearers will be, Kyle Klufa, John Klufa, Doug Johnston, Blake Hein, Ben Smith and Axton Montgomery.
Ben served a tour of duty in the U.S. Army 15th infantry division which was the same division Audie Murphy served in during WWII. In 1945 he met the love of his life Angela H. Thul and they were married on Oct. 20, 1947, in Whittemore, Iowa. They made their home in Kay County and operated a farm between Ponca City and Blackwell for several years. He also worked in the refinery and he retired after over 30 years of service. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. He belonged to the Knights of Columbus where he held the 4th degree. It was in this capacity that he served as a member of Pope Paul II’s Honor Guard in San Antonio, Texas. He also enjoyed spending time with family, cooking and growing flowers.
Survivors include three sons, William “Bill” Hein and wife Celia, of Oklahoma City, Matthew “Matt” Hein and wife Kathy, of Red Rancho, N.M. and Kirk Hein, of Dallas, Texas; four daughters, Margaret “Marge” Johnson and husband Dwight, of Stillwater, Joyce Montgomery and husband Dennis, of Stillwater, Mary Klufa, of Collinsville, Texas and Teresa Smith and husband Eric, of Allen, Texas; one brother, Melvin Hein and wife Emelia, of Edmond; 17 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife in 2013; one son, Mark Hein; a son-in-law, Frank Klufa; one grandson, Greg Montgomery; one infant granddaughter, Krista Klufa; one brother, Clarence Hein and three sisters, Helen Buellesfeld, Rosemary Sears and Freda Vetter.
Online condolences may be written at www.gracememorialchapel.net.