MARSHALL -- Benjamin Alanson “Ben” Hammond, age 89, of Marshall, IL passed away at 4:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at Union Hospital, Terre Haute, IN. He was born July 5, 1928 in rural Martinsville, IL, the son of Frederick Alanson Hammond and Eula Catherine Stephenson Hammond. On August 1, 1948 he married Irma Jean Edwards in Westfield, IL.
Survivors include his wife of over 69 years, Irma Jean Hammond of Marshall, IL; sons, Benjamin Alanson Hammond II (Beth) of St. Louis, MO and Frederick William Hammond (Darla) of Casey, IL; daughter, Linda May Livingston of Terre Haute, IN; son in law, Mike Rauckman of Shiloh, IL; sister, Roxana Lee Thompson (Frank) of Conroe, TX; eight grandchildren; twenty-one great grandchildren and many nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Frederick Howell and Riley Alan Hammond; sister, N. Lucinda (Cindy) Parker; son in law, Aaron Livingston; daughter, Brenda Kay Rauckman and infant daughter, Betty Ann Hammond.
Since 1961 Ben was self-employed as the owner and operator of Ben’s Radio and TV Service until his retirement. He had previously worked for Rider Furniture and USI in Tuscola. Ben was a faithful member of the Westfield United Methodist Church, where he taught Sunday school and served as a trustee and treasurer. He was a former member of the Westfield Village Board. He enjoyed spending time at the Casey Senior Social Center, fishing, playing pool, cards and dominoes and working crossword puzzles. Ben was inducted into the Softball Hall of Fame in Casey and spent six years remodeling Harlan Hall in Marshall, IL.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at Westfield United Methodist Church with Rev. Eddie Hammond and Rev. Walter Miller officiating. Burial will follow in the Bean Cemetery, rural Martinsville, IL. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. prior to the service at the Westfield United Methodist Church, 225 S. Madison St., Westfield, IL.
Memorial donations may be made to Casey Senior Social Center, 2 SW Second St., Casey, IL 62420.
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