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Ivan E. Benham, Sr.
Ivan E. Benham Sr., 83

Ivan E. Benham Sr. was escorted home to be with his Lord and Savior on January 10, 2011, after a year long battle with cancer. Ivan was surrounded by his wife of 63 years as well as numerous family members.

Ivan was born August 8, 1927, in Brownwood, TX to John Daniel and Mattie Helen Benham. He was the youngest of eight brothers and two sisters. All of his brothers had served the in the service and he also wanted to join the Navy. He was too young, but a creative story got him in at the end of WW II. He also served a year in the reserves.

Ivan met the love of his life and married Lila Marie Bradley on May 8, 1948, in Alamogordo by Tice Elkins. Ivan worked at Dales Grocery Store on New York Street before they moved to El Paso in 1952. Shortly after, he went to work for El Paso Natural Gas Company. He was with EPNG for 35 years. Three of those years he and Lila lived in Algeria. He and Lila retired back in Alamogordo and have lived at Dog Canyon for 25 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mattie, sisters Bettie Mae and Eva Nell; brothers, Burt, Fred, Bill, Henry, Johnny, and Melvin; and grandson, Richard Coy.

Ivan is survived by his wife of the family home; daughters, Carolyn Carnly of Alamogordo, Bettie Lou Bumgardner of Clovis, NM, and son Ivan ""Butch"" Benham, Jr., of Lewisville, TX. He was proud to say he had 14 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. He is also survived by his brother, Frank, of Staten Island, NY, as well as many nieces and nephews.

The family will greet friends Thursday, January 13, 2011, from 4p.m to 7p.m. at Alamogordo Funeral Home.

Funeral Services will be held Friday, January 14, 2011, at 10:00a.m., at Cuba Avenue Church of Christ with Al Maxey officiating.

Interment will follow at Monte Vista Cemetery.

His grandsons will serve as pallbearers and great grandsons as honorary pallbearers.

The family wants to extend a special thank you to Dr. Korec, Diane, Amy, Jenny, Nancy, and the entire staff at the Otero County Oncology Center for making an unbearable thing bearable.

Should friends desire, donations may be made in Ivan's name to the Food Pantry at Cuba Avenue Church of Christ or to the Otero County Oncology Center.

The Benham family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the funeral services.

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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Jan. 12 to Feb. 12, 2011
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