Ben Stich Sr., 89, of rural BrandonPublished 11:15am Monday, October 21, 2013
Ben Stich Sr., 89, of rural Brandon died Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, at Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria, surrounded by his family.
Bernard Stanley Stich was born on Sept. 14, 1924, at home by Spitzer Lake in rural Clitherall, the son of Stephen and Martha (Klimek) Stich.
He was baptized and confirmed in Our Lady of Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Millerville. Ben attended rural school in Leaf Mountain Township. He served with the U.S. Army in the infantry during World War II, serving two years overseas in the Philipines.
Ben and Rose Koep were married on Sept. 21, 1943, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Urbank.
He farmed in Leaf Mountain Township and in 1958, he started in the bait business, selling both wholesale and retail bait.
Music was an important part of Ben’s life, he and his brother, David, played and sang on the radio along with doing music for weddings and dances.
With his own family, they would sing with him and at family gatherings they would bring out the instruments and play and sing.
Ben played by ear, playing the guitar, fiddle, banjo and mandolin. Later in his life he loved the flea markets, auctions and garage sales.
Ben and Rose spent many winters, wintering in Nashville, Tenn.
Together they enjoyed their family and just celebrated 70 years of marriage.
Ben is survived by his wife, Rose; five children, Ben Jr. (Josie) Stich of Battle Lake, Bernadette “Detsie” (Fran) Wagner of Brandon, Sharon (Ben “Blackie”) Bitzan of Evansville, Doreen (Blaine) Larson of Battle Lake and Connie Lee (Kevin) Cunningham of Alexandria; 14 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and by many relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and 12 siblings.
Visitation: Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m., at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, and one hour prior to the service
Service: 11 a.m. Wednesday, at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, Battle Lake
Clergy: Fr. Leroy Schik
Burial: Church of the Seven Dolors Catholic Cemetery, with military honors provided by
Millerville American Legion and Minnesota National Guard
Funeral Home: Glende-Nilson Funeral Home, Battle Lake