OBITUARY

Name:    Benjamin Christian Suhr

From:  The News Palladium, Benton Harbor, Michigan
Date:  Monday, October 13, 1969

Benjamin Suhr Dies at Age 75  --  Aided Athletes at South Haven

SOUTH HAVEN -- Benjamin (Ben) Suhr, of 460 Kalamazoo Street, whose work with athletes made him known to hundreds of South Haven boys and men, died Saturday evening at South Haven Community Hospital.  He was 75.

He helped to organize the junior baseball league and a baseball field was named for him recently. In earlier years, he umpired baseball and other scholastic sports in southwestern Michigan.  Mr. Suhr was honored in 1968 with the South Haven Kiwanis club's "Flowers to the Living" award for his long service to athletes of the community.

He was a veteran of World War I and a retired employee of the South Haven Post Office.  He was a member of the American Legion, Last Man's club, First English Lutheran church and a life member of the Masonic Lodge.

Mr. Suhr was born Jan.7, 1894, in South Haven, the son of Carl and Emilie Suhr.

Survivors include his wife, Neva; a daughter, Mrs. Patricia Ann Areaux of Elkhart, Ind.; a son, Stephen of Kalamazoo; a sister, Mrs. Caroline Croft of South Haven; a brother Herbert of South Haven and five grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Calvin funeral home with the Rev. Raymond Bartels officiating.  Masonic memorial services will follow at the funeral home.  The American Legion will conduct services at Lakeview Cemetery.

The family has suggested memorials may be made to the organ fund of the First English Lutheran church.