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Benjamin Sportel

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Benjamin Sportel Aug. 3, 1925 - Feb. 8, 2014

WILLMAR - Benjamin "Ben" Sportel, age 88, of Willmar, formerly of Roseland, died Saturday, Feb. 8, at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar.

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Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12, at the Roseland Reformed Church in Roseland. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at the Roseland Reformed Church in Roseland. Arrangements are with the Tri-County Funeral Home of Prinsburg. www.tricountyfuneral.com

Benjamin Sportel, the son of George Sr. and Jennie (Hoogerman) Sportel, was born on the family farm in Renville County, Minnesota on August 3, 1925. He grew up in Renville County and received his education in the District #91 School. On June 21, 1946, Ben was united in marriage to Louise Brouwer at the Roseland Reformed Church. Following their marriage, they lived and farmed in Roseland Township and Svea. From 1963 to 1991, Ben was employed at Willmar Manufacturing as a supervisor. On January 29, 1999, Louise died. On June 23, 2001, Ben was married to Donna Ila Mae Swenson. They made their home in Roseland and just recently moved into Sunrise Village in Willmar. Ben was a faithful member of the Roseland Reformed Church. His hobbies included woodworking, camping, gardening and mowing.

He is survived by his wife, Donna of Willmar; his four children, Beverly (and LeRoy) Banks of Mesa, AZ., Brad (and Beth) Sportel of Lake Lillian, Steve (and Karyn) Sportel of Carlos and Darryl (and Sue) Sportel of Bloomington; nine grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. Also surviving is one brother, George (and Marcella) Sportel of Prinsburg; one sister, Janet (and Clarence) Ledeboer of Richfield; one stepdaughter, Becky Norine (and John Schulz) of Minneapolis; three step-grandchildren and nine step-great grandchildren, besides other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Louise; one daughter, Barbara; three brothers, Dick, Claus, and Ben (in infancy); two sisters, Ella Gernaat and Grace Blom; and one stepdaughter, Marilyn Klatt.

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