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HAMILTON – Benjamin F. Ayers, 84, of Hamilton, passed away Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, at his home. He was born July 16, 1934, in Billings, the son of Leo and Irene Ayers.

Ben graduated from Corvallis High School in 1952. He joined the U.S. Navy in June of 1952 and served until his honorable discharge in May of 1956. Ben then attended the University of Montana and graduated in 1960.

Ben married Elaine M. Kluska on May 19, 1962, in St. Clair Shores, Michigan. He began his career with the United States government in 1961 and he and Elaine retired to the Bitterroot Valley in 1982.

Ben was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Wesley and John Ayers. He is survive by his wife, Elaine, of Hamilton; his son, BJ Ayers, of Hamilton; three grandchildren, Cameron, Cayden and Samantha; and numerous other relatives.

Military graveside services will be held on Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, at 3 p.m., at the Corvallis Cemetery. There will be a reception following the graveside service in the Daly-Leach Chapel community room.

The family suggests that memorials be made in Ben’s name to the Bitterroot Humane Association, 262 Fairgrounds Rd., Hamilton, MT 59840. Condolences may be left for the family at www.dalyleachchapel.com.

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