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Kenneth Howard Benedict

October 28, 1935 May 12, 2019
Kenneth Howard Benedict
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Benedict, Kenneth Howard: Kenneth “Ken” Howard Benedict died while reassuringly clasping his Wife’s hand, surrounded by loving family and with God’s blessing of dignity on May 12, 2019 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma at the age of 83.
Ken was born and grew up in Haunts County, Nova Scotia, Canada. This is where Ken learned how people worked hard for what they had, and treated each other with respect regardless of their differences. Losing his Father at age 3, he was raised by a single Mother with his four Brothers and Sister, Ken had to learn how to make a little go a long way. One of his favorites ways to explain the frugality of his childhood was recalling that he used to hunt deer, squirrel and other wildlife for food with limited ammo, and it was a great day when he would wait for two squirrels to line up so one shot would get both. At 21, it was those self acquired shooting skills that earned him the title of being the single top rifle Marksman for the entire Canadian Military because of his ability to consistently shoot bullseyes at 1000’ targets with open sights.
While in the Military he then met the love of his life, Annetta “Ann” M. Labrie. They were married for 65 years before he passed. During that time, they raised four loving and surviving children, Garry D. Benedict, Glenn E. Benedict, Theresa M. Parker, and Lloyd K. Benedict. Through them, Ken’s legacy lives on with nine Grandchildren and seven Great Grandchildren.
Ken and Ann moved the family from Canada in 1964, and while on the way to their destination in California, stopped in Oklahoma to visit a relative. The Benedict family has mostly remained in and flourished in Oklahoma since that time. Not long after moving to the United States, Ken became a professional long-haul truck driver and maintained that occupation for 42 years until he retired. Meanwhile he enjoyed spending as much time with his family and had many hobbies, such as wood-working, metal detecting and treasure hunting, and an adventurous passion for gold panning and prospecting. In fact, one of Ken’s final request was for his children to tell folks that he simply “went prospecting and he’s going to be gone awhile”


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