Benjamin Antonio Balducke, age 72 of Sidney, MT passed away on June 27, 2015 at St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings, MT.
Ben was born on March 30, 1943 in Beach, ND the son of Frank and Leona (Holst) Balducke. The family purchased a ranch southwest of Sidney in 1943, where Frank and Leona raised nine children. Ben and his brother Tony purchased the river place in 1971. When Tony passed away in 2011, Ben and his nephew David continued the family partnership where they still farm and ranch today. Ben loved being outdoors. He was an avid hunter and fisherman in his earlier years. His true love was farming and ranching. Honesty meant the world to Ben. He was a man of few words, but when he spoke up it was worthwhile to listen.
Ben is survived by his brother Billy Balducke of Sidney, MT; five sisters: Myrtle Brown, Lois McRae, Francie Mackin, all of Miles City, MT, Louise (Bud) Rehbein and Mary (Leon) Thrams, of Sidney, MT. Ben is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Ben was preceded in death by: his parents Frank and Leona; a sister Maebelle (Eugene) Staggs; a brother Tony and an infant brother.
Ben’s honest and kindred spirit will be missed by all and cherished forever.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 5, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Fulkerson-Stevenson Funeral Home in Sidney. Funeral services will be held on Monday, July 6, 2015 at Fulkerson-Stevenson Funeral Home in Sidney at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow in the family plot at Richland Memorial Park Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensondandsons.com.