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PETERBOROUGH -- Benson Walen was born in New Mexico; the son of Harry Walen and Elizabeth (Benson) Walen. As a child he moved from New Mexico to Massachusetts where he spent most of his educational years; graduating from Newton High School in 1960 where he was involved in several sports, and musical programs. He graduated from Newton Junior College in 1962, Boston University in 1964, and Antioch College in 1981. He joined the United States Navy as a Seaman Recruit and left the Navy as a Lieutenant. Benson was a member of the Lions and Rotary clubs, a trustee of the USS Massachusetts, a voted Town Meeting Member in Amherst, Massachusetts, Selectman, Planning Board Member, Building Committee Member for the Ingles Memorial Library, President of the Pearly Pond Association, and a member of the group who formed the Recycling Center in Rindge, New Hampshire. After his military service, Ben was a nursing home administrator who was chosen to represent the United States in a People to People Mission helping China develop a program of care for their elderly. After nursing home administration he worked in psychiatric hospital administration. He was also a part time instructor at Holyoke Community College. He is survived by his wife of 51 years Lois (Ekman) Walen; two daughters, Elaine Walen of Willbraham, Massachusetts and Christina Walen of Westford, Massachusetts; a son, Scott Walen of Londonderry, New Hampshire and his wife, Jodi; two brothers, Kimball Walen of Kingston, New Hampshire and his wife, Jean, and Robert Walen of Amherst, New Hampshire; a brother-in-law, George Ekman of Orange, Connecticut and his wife, Barbara; nine grandchildren, two nieces and three nephews. A celebration of his life will be by the Cremation Society of New Hampshire at All Saints Parish, 51 Concord St. Peterborough, NH 03458 on April 29, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Camp Calumet P.O. Box 236 West Ossipee, NH 03890 or Cheney-Armstrong American Legion Post #5 P.O. Box 172 Peterborough, NH 03458.
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