Plumer, Ben Erwin

PLUMER – Ben Erwin Plumer passed away on June 19, 1992 at the age of 74 years.

He was born in Bassano, Alberta on November 3, 1917 the eldest of pioneering parents who settled in the Bassano area from Illinois, U.S.A. His father was frequently absent as chairman of the board of directors of the Alberta Wheat Pool and Ben was called upon to help his mother run the farm and raise the family.

He served his country as pilot and squadron leader in the Royal Canadian Airforce in World War 11 and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. Following his discharge he was determined to farm and raise cattle.

He married the former Kathryn Arms­trong on July 7, 1949. Together they purchased and developed their family farm and raised a prize winning Limousin herd.

In the 1950s and 1960s, Ben served as chairman of the school committee of the County of Newell and oversaw the construction of most of the county schools and the Bassano Hospital. He served on the Board of Directors of the Eastern Irrigation District for two terms, was a founding director of Tirol Dehydraters Ltd. and was continuously involved in the management of the Duchess Grazing Association and the A.1. program.

He was predeceased by a sister, Phyllis Brent, a brother, William Plumer and his parents, Ben and Florence Plumer.

Surviving are his beloved wife Kathryn and his eight children, Georganne (Svend) Rasmussen, Ben (Indira), James (Susan), Janet (Wallace) Reid, Florence (Lorne) Bodell, Lois (Dale) Christman, Mary (Rick) Hertz, Daniel, twenty grand­ children, one-great grandchild, brother Dick, of Bassano, sisters Jean Grainger of Bottrel and Bette Hutchings of Sorrento, B.C.

A private family interment and committal was held at the Bassano Cemetery on June 19 with the Reverend Hector Rose of the Bassano Presbyterian Church officiating and selections by the Bethel Mennonite Choir. A memorial service was held at the Duchess Mennonite Church on Monday, June 22 at 1 p.m. with Pastor Charles Ramer officiating.