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October 6, 1942 – December 28, 2023

Benjamin Hubert Mannen passed away unexpectedly in his home in Maple Grove, MN on Thursday, December 28, 2023. A recent cancer diagnosis, still in the testing phase, was likely much more advanced than anyone knew.

Ben was born to Paul and Virginia Mannen on October 6, 1942, in Emmett, Idaho. He was the middle of 5 children. He attended Burns Union High School, graduating in 1961. He later attended Bob Jones University, graduating in 1965 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. After graduation, Ben served in the National Guard from 1965 to 1971, achieving the rank of Sergeant. On December 28, 1968, Ben married Leta Carpenter in Anaheim, California. They had five children together but were later separated.

Ben spent his entire working career as an auditor working for the U.S. Government Accounting Office (GAO). He had top secret security clearance and worked on many special assignments. He was most proud of the work he did with NASA and JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratories). Shortly after his retirement from GAO, Ben moved from California back to Idaho, settling in Fruitland. It was here in Fruitland where Ben took care of his mother for many years before her passing in 2009. Ben became a member of the Centennial Lakes Baptist Church of Caldwell, ID and for many years served as their treasurer. Ben remained in Fruitland for several more years allowing him to provide much needed help for his sister Marie until her passing in 2014. He later moved to Caldwell to be closer to his church family and the many friends he had there.

After many months of coaxing, Ben finally agreed that he was ready for a transition to a living arrangement with more assistance. Daughters LaNae and Linda helped him downsize and make the long journey from Caldwell, Idaho to Maple Grove, Minnesota. It was difficult leaving his church family, but they sent him off with a great retirement party and many heartfelt wishes, several of them staying in regular contact after the move.

Ben loved his family and kept in close contact with several family members on a regular basis. He was a dedicated, faithful Christian and served at his church in many ways throughout his lifetime. Ben was known for his dry sense of humor along with the occasional streak of stubbornness. He enjoyed bowling and spent many of his retirement days on the golf course until he began to experience mobility challenges. He loved music, in particular, gospel music and Grand Old Opry. He always had an interest in technology and was an early adopter of the computer. He was still tinkering with computers even in recent years until the changing technology got the best of him.

Ben is preceded in death by his parents Paul (1985) and Virginia (2009) Mannen, ex-wife Leta Ann (Carpenter) [Mannen] Hargrove (2017), sister Hilda Marie (Mannen) Smith (2014), half-brothers George Thomas Mannen (2022) and Robert Paul Mannen (2021), and son Michael Scott Mannen (1978).

Ben is survived by siblings Tom (Merilee) Mannen, Dan (Laurel) Mannen, John (Erika) Mannen; children LaNae (Robert) Christenson, Linda (Jay) Gregor, Lissa (Shaun) Decker, and Matt (Rachael) Mannen; and grandchildren Sean, Molly, Joseph, Benjamin, Alexa, Lucas, and Carson.

A Memorial service will be held on Monday, January 8, 2023, at Revive Church, 7849 W Broadway, Brooklyn Park, MN 55445. Visitation will begin at 1:00 pm. The memorial service will begin at 2:00 pm. Refreshments will be provided following the service.

3 Guestbook Entries

  1. Kevin Haglund

    Praying for the Mannen family! I remember trips from MN to CA to stay with my Aunt Leta and Uncle Ben. I was young when they separated but I will always remember his dry sense of humor and his smile.

  2. Tanya Murphy-Thomas

    I am so sorry for your loss. I only met Ben a couple of times but always found him to be a very kind man. Your grandmother, Virginia was married to my grandfather,Dean Warn. She was a lovely person and we enjoyed having her in our family.

  3. Becky Gilmour

    You are in Our thoughts and prayers today. Ben was a quiet deep thinker and loved God whole heartedly. He will be missed! Sending love and hugs!💕💕


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