Ben L. Pate

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February   26, 1936 – May 30, 2012

Elkhart,   Kansas

Visitation: 2:00 PM until 8:00 PM,   Sunday, June 03, 2012 at Garnand Funeral Home in Elkhart, Kansas.

Funeral Service: 10:00 AM, Monday, June 04,   2012 at the First Baptist Church in Elkhart, Kansas with Reverend Ed Richards   officiating.

Interment:   Elkhart Cemetery in Elkhart, Kansas.

Memorials may be given to BSA   Hospice or C.A.T.S. (Children Achieving To Succeed) in care of Garnand   Funeral Home, PO Box 854, Elkhart, KS 67950.

Ben L. Pate, age 76, of   Elkhart, Kansas died Wednesday, May 30, 2012, at Baptist St. Anthony Hospice   in Amarillo, Texas. He was born February 26, 1936 on the farm near Elkhart,   Kansas, the son of Herbert and Virgie (Lewis) Pate.

Ben was a lifetime resident   of Morton County. He graduated from Elkhart High School in 1953 and attended   Kansas University and Fort Hays State College. Ben married Barbara J.   Sagebiel on June 5, 1955 in Elkhart. Ben started The Pate Agency in 1979. He   sold real estate and crop insurance and held a commodities license. For a   number of years he won the High Award for Volume in Crop Insurance. Ben also   farmed, raised cattle, and built and operated Spur Feeders. He developed   OKanco a co-op for crop insurance, and was a lifetime member of the First   Baptist Church in Elkhart.

Survivors include his wife,   Barbara of the home; two sons, Jeff Pate and wife Sky, Steve Pate and wife   Debbie; one daughter, Pam Bloesser and husband Rick all of Elkhart, Kansas;   brother, Wesley Pate of Athens, Georgia; four sisters, Betsy Peterson of San   Diego, California, Martha Richards of Kansas City, Kansas, June Elder of Las   Vegas, Nevada, Joyce Sagebiel and husband Jim of Elkhart, Kansas; 14   grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Ben is preceded in death by his parents.