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Donald Byron Benham, 77, of Park Rapids, passed away Saturday, May 18, 2013 and is now in the arms of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Don was born Jan. 3, 1936 to Byron and Lillian (Meyer) Benham. He graduated from Park Rapids High School in 1954. He was active in sports but loved football.

Don joined the National Guard in 1953. He was an avid skier and was a skiing instructor for eight years in the winter operations at Camp Ripley. This led him to be involved in the start of the Norwegian Home Guard Exchange and from there he was an advisor in Norway. He also served two terms in Antarctica. Don retired from the National Guard in 1978 after 25 years of service.

He married Mary Jo Harris in 1954. Their union was blessed with five daughters, Vicki, Ann, Linda, Sheila and Lisa.

Don married Ida (Pritchard) Harsha in 1977.

He was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles and the American Legion.

Don will be lovingly re-membered by his wife, Ida; daughters, Vicki (Gary) Reno, Ann (Dur) Trammell, Linda Eskola, Sheila (Bill) Striegel and Lisa (Bill) Givans; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; stepson, Rick Harsha; sister, Geraldine (Richard) Syhorst; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Memorial service: 11 a.m. Saturday, June 1 at Grace Community Church in Osage.

Visitation: one hour prior to the service.

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