Ben Hill Slothower Sr. of Bozeman passed away peacefully on Oct. 7, 2007, in his home at the age of 82.
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He was born in California and moved with his family to Colorado Springs Colo., where he graduated from high school. His college studies at the Colorado School of Mines were interrupted by the call of duty to our country when he joined the 15th Air Force as an Aerial Navigator.
He returned from active service to marry Patty-Rae Esmiol, to whom he was married for 62 years.
He received degrees from both the Colorado School of Mines and the Stanford University Business School. He enjoyed a full and rewarding career as a mining engineer at Kennicott Copper Corp. in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was a board member of the Holly Sugar Corp. for 20 years in Colorado Springs, enabling him to maintain his close relationships with so many friends and family members there.
After living for 23 years in Salt Lake City he and his wife moved to Montana, where he was a partner in a private mining consulting business.
He loved the outdoors and was an avid duck hunter and a long-time member of Ducks Unlimited. He enjoyed time on the river, boating, picnicking and spending time at the family's cabin.
His thirst for knowledge led him to be an avid reader, even to the very end, allowing him an informed perspective on the world around him. His wonderful sense of humor added a dimension to his life that those who knew him will not forget. He will be greatly missed.
In honoring his wishes, there will be no services.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Oct. 10, 2007