Ben ”Bennie” Kottsick, 91, Mandan, died January 24, 2012 at Medcenter One Living Center, Mandan.
A funeral service will be held at 1:30 pm on Saturday, January 28, 2012 at First Lutheran Church, Mandan, with Reverend Lee Herberg officiating. Burial will be at St. John’s Cemetery, south of Mandan.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 pm on Friday, January 27, 2012 at Buehler-Larson Funeral Home, Mandan, with a prayer service at 7 pm. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.
Ben was born February 10, 1920 south of Mandan to Joseph and Katherine (Friedrich) Kottsick. He was raised and educated in Morton County, attending school to the eighth grade. On September 16, 1945 Ben married Anna Heid in New Salem. A love for the land and outdoors, Ben was a farmer for life. He made his own bale rig and was talented at making many things, including a boat out of two car hoods. Ben and Anna liked to travel, having been to every state in the U.S. as well as Germany and its surrounding countries. He enjoyed fishing, going to thrashing shows, and loved to play cards, especially schmear and pinochle. Generous and giving of his time, Ben was a board member of Mandan Farmers Elevator, Minnesota Valley Breeders Association, and St. John’s Cemetery, and a member of ZCBJ Lodge and First Lutheran Church of Mandan. A beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and friend, Ben will be missed by all who knew him.
Blessed to have shared his life is his wife of 66 years, Anna Kottsick, Mandan; three daughters, Cheryllyn Schmidt, Rosalie Svihla, and Peggy (Jake) Hertz, all of Mandan; four grandchildren, Marcy (Dean) Blotsky, Greta (Rocky) Schlosser, Benjamin (Katie) Hertz, Jacob (Miranda) Hertz; granddaughter-in-law, Jessica Schmidt; and eight great grandchildren.
Ben was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Freda Morrow and Verna Bauer; a brother, Walter Kottsick; two sons-in-law, Elgie Svihla and Donald Schmidt; and a grandson, Dean Schmidt.