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Henry Benedict Thayer

Published: Monday, Jan. 14, 2013 11:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Jan. 14, 2013 2:12 p.m. CDT

Henry Benedict, 79, of Thayer, died Jan. 11, 2013, at his home near Thayer.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at Powers Funeral Home, junction of highways 25 and 34, Creston. The Rev. Edgar Henry Benedict will officiate. Burial will be in Beulah Cemetery near Thayer. Military rites will be conducted by John B. Parks VFW Post No. 8882 of Afton. Visitation with family present will be 4 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the family, Greater Regional Ambulance Services or Afton First Responders. Online condolences may be left at

Henry L. Benedict, son of Mary Hannah (Wright) and Alexander Newton Benedict, was born Oct. 3, 1933, in Thayer.

Henry graduated from Lorimor High School in 1951.

Henry served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict from 1955-1961.

On Oct. 9, 1960, Henry married Rita Marie Chivers in Greenfield.

He farmed in the Winterset, Earlham and Redfield areas. While living in Redfield, he also worked for Oscar Mayer in Perry.

In 1990, they moved to rural Thayer and continued farming where he currently resided.

Henry is survived by his sons, Lawrence (wife Tamara) Benedict of Perry, Edgar Benedict of Dawson and Roger (wife Kathy) Benedict of Thayer; daughters, Martha (husband Keith) Crandall of Norwalk, Carol (husband John) Cain of Lorimor, Dawn (husband Roger) Ross of Redfield, Cindy Benedict of Thayer and Kristy (husband Jason) Somsky of Des Moines; stepsons, David Henthorne of Blair, Wis., and Tom (wife Sue) Henthorne of Alma, Wis.; stepson-in-law Ken Crivits of Taylor, Wis.; brother Carl (wife Rose) Benedict of Redfield; sisters, Mary Borst of Redfield and Elizabeth Blunt of Mannly, Neb.; 41 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and friends.

Henry was preceded in death by his parents; wife in 2002; son Darrell Henthorne; daughter Linda Crivits; brothers, Delbert, Ralph and Everett Benedict; sister Nina Craig; and nephews, Stephen Harrison and Clifford Benedict.

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