Bennie Edward Kardell (1937 - 2016)

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Bennie Edward Kardell was born July 7, 1937 in Kirkman, to Ernest and Lucille Kardell. His grade school years were spent in Avoca, where he attended a one room schoolhouse. During his sophomore year of high school the family moved to Audubon, where he later graduated from high school. After graduation, Ben intended to go to Maryville College in Missouri but his father became ill and he was needed to help with the family farm. Ben passed away on Nov. 1, 2016 in Mesa, Ariz.
On June 17, 1956 Ben married Karen Kauffman in Audubon. He soon after joined the Air National Guard and they moved to Des Moines. In 1962 they moved back to Audubon where he and Karen bought her father's trucking business. In 1973 they moved the business to Spencer.
Ben retired from the trucking business in 1993 and his son, Bruce, continues to run the business to this day. Ben and Karen spent their winters in Mesa, Ariz., and in 2008 made Arizona their permanent home. They continued to spend their summers at Lake Okoboji.
Ben enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren, fishing, driving stock cars in his younger years, watching auto racing and traveling with Karen on RV trips. Ben especially enjoyed spending time with his many loving friends at Carriage Manor Resort in Mesa.
Ben is survived by his wife, Karen, a sister, Marlene (Merlin) Buthmann of Harlan, a sister-in-law, Charlene McLaughin of Auduban, and his four wonderful children: Benna Lea (Curt) Schnell, Okoboji; Bruce (Gwen) Kardell, Spencer; Brian(Ann) Kardell, Bettendorf; and Brent (Reiko) Kardell, Pleasant Hill, Calif. Ben was blessed with 12 grandchildren: Brady (Jennifer) and Jaime Schnell, Bill (Katie), Kody (Megan), Elizabeth (Jake Kluver), BJ and Gabby Kardell, Michael, Steven and Jeffrey Kardell and Naomi and Kalena Kardell, and six great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Bill and a sister, Marilyn.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the First Lutheran Church, 1525 Three Cross Rd., Milford, IA 51331.
Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from Nov. 11 to Nov. 18, 2016