Waldo Benjamin “Ben” Spreen

Ben Spreen

Waldo Benjamin “Ben” Spreen, 95, New Castle, died  Friday, April 19, 2013, at Heritage House of New Castle. He was born May 5, 1917, in Washington, Ind. to the late Waldo and Beulah (Hobson) Spreen.

Survivors include his three children, John (Rita) Spreen of New Palestine, Linda Ratliff of Montrose, Colo., and Mary Jane Spreen (Ray) Grogan of Iowa City, Iowa; stepdaughter, Shelia (Kenneth) Cox of New Castle; six grandchildren ; one stepgrandchild; eleven great-grandchildren; three great-stepgrandchildren; brother, Perry Spreen of Sarasota, Fla.; two sisters, Margaret Armstrong of Williams, Ind., and Betty Gore, of Mitchell, Ind.; and 20 nieces and nephews; his first wife, Levon (Thompson) of Iowa City, Iowa.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth (Applegate) Spreen, to whom he was married for 39 years; daughter, Shirley Spreen; brother, Harold Spreen; two sisters, Maeda Kern and Erma Rimmel; and one stepgrandchild, Kelly Cox.

Visitation begins at 11 a.m., Thursday, April 25, 2013, at Hinsey-Brown Funeral Home, New Castle, with services immediately following at 12 p.m.  with Reverend Robert Shaeffer officiating. Burial will follow in South Mound Cemetery-West Lawn Addition.

You may express condolences or share a memory of Ben at www.hinsey-brown.com.