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Mr. Benjamin E. Smith, age 79 years, of Jefferson City, Mo., died Wednesday, March 14, 2012, at the Capital Region Medical Center. Ben was born May 28, 1932, in Beatrice, Neb. He was married on December 23, 1970, in Jefferson City, Mo., to Janette Hummer, who preceded him in death on July 15, 2002. A resident of the Jefferson City area for most of his life, Ben graduated from Beatrice High School, Beatrice, Neb., and the University of Nebraska with a degree in business administration. He served in the United States Navy during the Korean War. Ben was employed with the Jefferson City office of the Social Security Administration for 30 years until his retirement on February 24, 1990 as the district manager. During his retirement, he worked as a Senior Connections Advisor at St. Mary's Health Center for five years and later as the Director of A.B.L.E. for 15 years. He volunteered with the Jefferson City United Way and with Boy Scouts. He loved to watch sports, travel, and fish, but most importantly, he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. Ben was always cheerful, had a kind soul and never met a stranger. Survivors include: one son, David Smith of Jefferson City, Mo.; four daughters, Becky (Don) Dugger of Omaha, Neb., Dana Shipman of Brazito, Mo., Ellen (Curt) Stegeman of Centertown, Mo.; and Kellie Dennis of Jefferson City, Mo.; one sister, Vivian Loethen of the state of Arizona; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Janette Smith; and one grandson, Sammy Loveall. Visitation will be at Freeman Mortuary from 2:30 until 4:00 p.m., Saturday, March 17, 2012. A Celebration of Life will be conducted at 4:00 p.m. Saturday in the Freeman Chapel with military honors following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to A.B.L.E. (Adult Basic Learning Education), 501 Madison St., Jefferson City, MO 65101. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary. www.freemanmortuary.com
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