Bennie G. ‘Ben’ Tax


Posted: Wednesday, January 25, 2006


  Bennie G. 'Ben' Tax

Bennie G. 'Ben' Tax

Kasilof resident Bennie G. “Ben” Tax died Friday, Jan. 20, 2006, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. He was 78.

A celebration of his life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at Heritage Place Nursing Home, 232 Rockwell Ave. in Soldotna. Pastor Mike Hicks of New Life Church in Kasilof, and Pisa Faumui of Kalifonsky Christian Center in Soldotna, will both officiate.

Mr. Tax was born May 24, 1927, to Joseph and Elna Tax in Medicine Lake, Mont. In 1944, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served in World War II. In 1950, during the Korean War, he joined the U.S. Naval Air Force, stationed aboard the USS Essex.

Following an honorable discharge, he moved to Seattle, where he was employed for an arcade. He then moved to Livengood to work in a gold mine. After one year, he returned to Seattle, where he managed an apartment complex. He then relocated to Conconully, Wash., where he worked for the U.S. Forest Service.

He married Shirley Dannenberg in Olympia, Wash., on Dec. 3, 1983. Together, they lived in Olympia for a few months, then he took his bride back to Conconully. There, he worked as maintenance supervisor for the Okanogan County Courthouse.

In 1991, Ben was elected mayor of Conconully and remained in office for two years. At that time, he also served on the Board of Deacons for the First Missionary Baptist Church in Okanogan.

Mr. Tax was an avid outdoorsman and had a special love for horseback riding through the hills and for fishing. He also was a gifted woodworker. The Taxes returned to Alaska in 2002, where they purchased a home in Kasilof.

Mr. Tax is survived by his wife, Shirley of Kenai; stepdaughters, Melody Gleichman of Kenai and Joan Dannenberg of Rochester, Wash.; grandchildren, Sarah Anfeldt of Kasilof, Danelle Gleichman of Tumwater, Wash., and Joshua Dannenberg of Olympia, Wash.; six great-grandchildren; and longtime friends, Pete and Val Peters of Seattle.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

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