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From: "Peter McCrae" <>
Subject: SLAVEN: Benjamin Ben Slaven--d;9/6/2006>USA
Date: Sat, 9 Sep 2006 23:31:14 +0100

From page A5 of the Saturday, June 17, 2006 Beatrice (NE) Daily Sun:

Army Reserve Spc. Benjamin "Ben" James SLAVEN, 22, Beatrice, died Friday
June 9, 2006, in Iraq when his vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb. He was
born March 20, 1984, in Fort Lewis, Tacoma, Wash. He moved with his family
to Utah, then to Beatrice at the age of 2, living in the Beatrice, DeWitt
and Plymouth areas. He attended Cedar Elementary School, Beatrice Middle
School and Tri County High School and obtained his GED from Southeast
Community College. He joined the United States Army, where he was serving in
Iraq with the 308th Transportation Company, Lincoln, Neb. He was a member of
St. John Lutheran Church, Beatrice. He enjoyed playing video games and
restoring his 1946 Dodge pickup. He loved to visit his Grandpa and Grandma
SLAVEN in Texas.

Survivors: mother, Judy HUENINK and husband Nick of Plymouth, Neb.; father,
Bruce SLAVEN and wife Julie of Beatrice, Neb.; sisters, Nicole SLAVEN and
significant other, Andrew LANDON, of Beatrice, Neb., Pfc. Misti SLAVEN of
Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas, Chastity LAFLIN of Plymouth, Neb.; twin brother,
Sean SLAVEN of Beatrice, Neb.; grandparents, Bev MALCHOW of Beatrice, Neb.,
Charles and Marcelle SLAVEN of Galveston, Texas, Jean and Jack JOHNSON of
Pensacola, Fla.; stepsister, Miranda SMITH-HUENINK of Henderson, Iowa.
Preceded in death by his grandfather, Armin MALCHOW; sisters, Angela and
Jennifer FRERICHS; aunt, Mary NISPEL.

Funeral: 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 20, 2006, St. John Lutheran Church, Sixth and
Washington streets, Beatrice, Pastor David Kramer and Pastor Joann Kramer
officiating. Burial will be at the Evergreen Home Cemetery, Beatrice. Family
prayer service: 2:45 p.m. Tuesday in the church. In lieu of flowers, a
memorial has been established to the family with the mortuary in charge.
Military honors by Army 320th Ordnance Battalion and Nebraska Army National
Guard. Closed casket visitation will be from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday and 9
a.m.-noon Tuesday at the funeral home. A guest book is available for
signatures and messages of condolence online at
. Harman-Wright Mortuary in charge of arrangements.

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