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Information for Benjamin Raphael "Ben" Riordan

14 May, 1882 - 4 January, 1972

From the Idaho Press-Tribune

5 January, 1972

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Benjamin Riordan

     NAMPA -   Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Flahiff Funeral Chapel, Nampa, for Benjamin R. “Ben” Riordan, 89, of 303 Elder, who died Tuesday at a Nampa hospital.
     Requiem Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Paul’s Catholic Church.  Interment will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
     He was born May 14, 1882, at Greenbush, Sheboygan County, Wis., the son of Stephen J. and Eleanor O’Rourk Riordan.  He attended school at Plymouth, Wis., and received a bachelor of science degree in 1906 at the Valpariso University.  He did graduate study at the University of Wisconsin and was an honors graduate at the University of Montana in 1917 with bachelor of arts and bachelor of laws degrees.
     He married Ida Hurst of St. Thomas, N.D., on Nov. 15, 1915.  He was admitted to the bar in Montana and Idaho in 1917.  He taught school in Wisconsin in 1903 and 1904, taught in the Pocatello and Bingham County schools systems from 1906 to 1908, was superintendent of schools at Downey, Shelley, Post Falls and Bonners Ferry, and was principal of high schools in Nampa and Payette from 1917 to 1920.  He served four terms as prosecuting attorney in Owyhee County from 1921 to 1929 and was in the private practice of law at Nampa from 1929 to 1934.  He was elected probate judge for Canyon County in 1934 and served continuously until he retired in December of 1960.
     He was president of the Idaho Probate Judges Association, serving in that capacity for three years.  He was a director of the Idaho State Social workers, member of the Governor’s Safety Committee, member of the committee of the Idaho State Bar for revision of rules of civil procedure, and a past president of the Seventh District Bar Association.  He received the Good Government Award from the Jaycees in 1953.  He was a former member of the Knights of Columbus and was Grand Knight of that Organization.  He was a former member of Lodge No. 1389, BPOE, in Nampa.
     Surviving are his wife, Ida; three daughters, Mrs. Marguerite “Peggy” Schweizer and Mrs. John F. (Mary) Niland, both of Nampa, and Mrs. George (Kathleen) Rosandick, Caldwell; two sons, Richard L. Riordan and Dr. Ben R. Riordan, both of Nampa, 22 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
     Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Tim Rosandick, John F. Niland, Mike Niland, Ben Riordan III, Dan Riordan and Rich Riordan.

     The family suggests memorials be given to a favorite charity, or flowers may be sent.


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