Ben J. Saxbury, 1921-2004

September 29th, 2004 by Barbara

Pike Press
Pike County Illinois
September 29, 2004

Ben J. Saxbury, 83, of Kinderhook, died Saturday, Sept. 25, 2004, at Hannibal Regional Hospital.
He was born Sept. 1, 1921 in Cincinnati Township in Pike County to Ben W. and Alma Ruth Blacketter Saxbury. He married Eva Delores Ryan March 27, 1943 in Quincy. She died April 30, 1994. He married Bernice Morrow Grimsley Sept. 27, 2003 in Kinderhook and she survives.

Mr. Saxbury retired in 1982 from Electric Wheel in Quincy. Following his retirement he was custodian for several years at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Hannibal, where he was a member. He was a graduate of New Canton High School. He served with the U.S. Navy in World War II and in Korea. He was a member of American Legion Post 222 in Barry. He enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren, hunting and fishing with his sons and grandsons, and gardening.

Survivors are three daughters, Carol (husband Bill) Chaplin of Hannibal, Charis (husband Bob) Strubinger of Kinderhook and Dawn Landers of Council Bluffs, Iowa; four sons, Galen (wife Debbie) Saxbury of New London, Mo., Kent J. (wife Dorene) Saxbury of New Canton, William F. “Bill” (wife Beverly) Saxbury of Versailles and Jan (wife Brenda) Saxbury of Clayton; three stepdaughters, Eileen (husband Roger) Bernard and Dena Moyer, all of New Canton, and Sherril (husband Darrel) Turner of Shelbyville, Mo.; two stepsons, William Ray (wife Christa) Grimsley Jr. and Michael Grimsley, all of Kinderhook; 38 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; 12 step-grandchildren; 12 step-great-grandchildren; two step-great-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Ruth A. Colvin of Tucson, Ariz., M. Phyllis Shatzer of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Bonita K. Saxbury of Hull; and two brothers, Richard M. Saxbury of Hull and Thomas W. ( wife Karen Sue) Saxbury of El Dara.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one granddaughter, one great-grandson, one step-grandson and one step-great-grandson.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Sept. 29, at 10 a.m. at Smith Funeral Home and Chapel in Hannibal with Elders Randy Garner and Ken Kaylor officiating. Burial will be at Kinderhook Cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post 222 of Barry. Visitation was Tuesday, Sept. 28, from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorials are to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.
Pallbearers are Dennis Leapley, Curtis Saxbury, Randy Saxbury, William B. Saxbury, Shaun Saxbury, Ryan Strubinger and Austin Landers.

Honorary pallbearers will be John Leapley, Travis Leapley, Jason B. Leapley, Shane Saxbury, Gerard Saxbury, Justin Saxbury and Evan Strubinger.

Source: Pike Press

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