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Information for Benjamin Martin McPhie
24 July, 1884 - 6 May, 1978
From the Idaho Press-Tribune
May, 1978

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Ben M. McPhie

    NAMPA Memorial funeral services for Ben M. McPhie, 93, of 1108 7th St. S., Nampa, died in a Nampa nursing home Saturday following an extended illness, will be conducted at 1 :30 p.m. Wednesday at Alsip Funeral Chapel, with the rev. Frank M. Marler, pastor emeritus of the Nampa First Christian Church, officiating, and chapel rites by Nampa Masonic Lodge No. 29 A.F. and A.M.  Interment will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.
    He was born July 24, 1884, in Grass Creek, Utah.  At a young age he moved with his family to Diamondville, Wyo., where he was reared and educated.
    He worked as a coal miner in Diamondville for several years prior to going to work for the Union Pacific Railroad on April 6, 1906.  He married Mary (mamie) Hunter Sept. 22, 1906, at Diamondville.  They lived at Kemmerer, Wyo., form 1906 until 1913, at which time they moved to Nampa to make their home.  He retired as a brakeman from the Union Pacific Railroad on October 31, 1949.  Mrs. McPhie preceded him in death July 18, 1970.
    He was a member of the Nampa Firt Christian Church, a 50-year member of the Nampa Masonic Lodge No. 29, A.F. & A.M., lifetime member of the Scottish Rite bodies, member of the ElKorah Shrine in Boise, member of the Nampa Chapter No. 30., Order of the Eastern Star, Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, Union Pacific Old Timers Club No. 14, the Nampa 50-year Club and was a sponsor of the Union Pacific Railroad Lady Trainmen Auxiliary.
    He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Dorlene J. Ostrander, Caldwell; one sister, Agnes Turner, Cedar City, Utah; two grandsons, Robert M. Simpson, Chicago, Ill., and William F. Simpson, Milwaukee, Wis.; and four great-grandsons.  In addition to his wife he was preceded in death by two brothers and six sisters.
    The family suggests that memorial contributions be given to the Idaho Youth Ranch in Rupert, the Shriners Crippled Childrens Hospital in Portland, Ore., or flowers may be sent.

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