Obituary: Benjamin F. Hofeldt

Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
Jul 24, 2006
by WLJ
Benjamin G. Hofeldt, 82, died of natural causes at his ranch south of Chinook, MT, on July 2, 2006. Funeral services were held on Saturday, July 15.

Ben was born on Dec. 17, 1923, to Henry and Alvina (Struve) Hofeldt in Chinook, MT. He was rai/.sed on the family ranch, along with four brothers and two sisters. He attended grade school in the Bear Paw Mountains and graduated from Chinook High School. After leaving high school, Ben came back to the mountains to ranch. He made his home at the Runyun Place, along with his mother, who was widowed when Ben’s dad passed away in 1942. Ben was just 18 years old.

Ben married Ruth Olson on June 16, 1945. To this union three sons were born: Rodney Benjamin, Douglas Fred and Clark Allen.

Ben leaves behind his three sons, Rodney (Carolina), Douglas and Clark, all of whom are carrying on his legacy in the ranching profession. He also leaves six grandchildren, Clayton Hofeldt, Tanith (Dale) Daugherty, Angie Hofeldt, Dustin Hofeldt (Vicki), Kyla and Shaina Hofeldt and one step-great granddaughter, Makayla Wilke. Ben is also survived by three brothers, Paul, Hans and Lawrence Hofldt, one sister, Hilda Drugge, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by four infant siblings, 7-year-old sister Margaretha, sister Christine Miller, brother Roy Hofeldt, his parents, and his wife of 55 years, Ruth Olson Hofeldt.