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Baker City, Baker County, Oregon

Duane Elbert Bennehoff, 81, a long-time Baker City resident, died April 11, 2005, at the Boise Veterans Hospital.

At his request, he was cremated. A private service will be scheduled later.

Duane was born on Sept. 26, 1923, at Richland. He was the first child of Eagle and Christia Bennehoff. He attended school at Richland and went on to graduate from Multnomah Junior College at Portland. After college, Duane went into the U.S. Navy, where he served in the South Pacific during World War II.

After his time in the service, Duane returned to Portland where he worked for several years as a meat cutter. He later returned to Richland to run the Bennehoff Dairy.

Most of his lifetime he was a farmer/rancher, but he also spent many years building in the Baker Valley. He enjoyed fishing and working with wood.

Many of his friends referred to him as “Benny” and he helped many people get a home or business started. Duane helped run the weight scales at the Baker Livestock Auction Yard and strongly supported the Baker Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Willma Guard Bennehoff; his sisters, Phyllis Jones and Natalie Tawney; his sons, Gary, Bert and Glen Bennehoff; a daughter, Brenda Bennehoff Boyle; and grandchildren, Yohanas and Layna Bennehoff, and Justin, Eric and Brian Boyle.

Memorial contributions may be made to to the Disabled American Veterans Van Fund through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, April 15, 2005
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor

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