Benjamin "Ben" Minkin (1919 - 2013)

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Minkin Benjamin "Ben" Minkin, 94, of Columbus, Ohio, passed away on Sunday, October 27, 2013. He was born in Canton, Ohio on September 22, 1919, to Fannie and Morris Minkin. Ben graduated from McKinley High School and Mount Union College, however he enlisted in the service and was not able to attend graduation. He contacted Mount Union to ask if they would honor the WWII servicemen who graduated and allow them to go through the graduation ceremony. In 2005, he went through the 'cap and gown' graduation ceremony with several other servicemen. Ben was a proud WWII veteran and a member of the 308th Bomb Group, 373rd Squadron of the 14th Air Force Flying Tigers that flew over China under General Claire Chenault. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. He was a member of the Flying Tiger Association, and always enjoyed getting together with his 'buddies' to go over old times at the quarterly meetings and the Memorial Day Weekend in Washington, DC. He was always moved by services at Arlington Cemetery that honored those members who passed away during the year. The last trip he took to Washington DC was with Honor Flight in 2008 to see the WWII memorial. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Lou, first wife Ann Louise (Newman) Minkin, second wife Frieda (Fritz) Stein Minkin, and step-daughter Bonnie Stein. Ben leaves behind two daughters, Ellen Minkin of Kent, OH, Kathy Minkin of Westerville, OH; many friends and loving staff at Trillium Assisted Living. Graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, November 1 at Woodlawn Cemetery, 1751 Spencerville Road in Lima. The family will receive friends at Trillium Place in Columbus on Friday, November 1 from 3:30-5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make a contribution in Ben's memory to Gentiva Hospice Foundation, 7801 Mesquite Bend Drive, Suite 105, Irving, TX 75063, Honor Flight Columbus, P.O. Box 12036, Columbus, OH 43212 or .

Published in The Columbus Dispatch from Oct. 30 to Oct. 31, 2013
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