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Benjamin L. Honea

CACHE  Rose Croix Service and funeral service for Benjamin L. Honea, 84, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday May 17, 2018, at Cache Auditorium with Pastor Leonard Presley and Pastor Gary Castleberry officiating.

Mr. Honea went to be with his Lord and Savior Friday May 11, 2018, at his home in Cache with his loving family by his side.

Burial with Masonic rights and  military honors will be at Post Oak Cemetery in Indiahoma under direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home.

Prayer service will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at the funeral home chapel.  

Benjamin was born Sept. 28, 1933, in Lonoke, Ark., to Benjamin W. and Josie (Robinson) Honea. He grew up in Talihina and attended schools there.

Benjamin Loyd Honea served on active duty, with honor, in the Air Force from Aug. 14, 1951, to Aug. 13, 1955 (4 years) earning the rank of Airman First Class (Promotable). He completed his Basic Training at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas and Technical Courses including a 7-month Aircraft and Electronics Mechanic course; and a 2-month B-36 Aircraft Mechanic course also at Sheppard; a 3-month Aircraft Hydraulics course at Chanute Air Force Base, Ill.; and a 5-month Depot Level course at Brookley Air Force Base, Ala. A1C Honea then served in Korea for 1 year, 2 months and 10 days. He was discharged at Smokey Hill Air Force Base, Kan., while serving with the 310th Bomb Wing, Strategic Air Command. While in the Inactive Ready Reserve he was called back to active duty and served again from Oct. 1 1961, to Aug. 27,. 1962 (10 months and 27 days), at the rank of Staff Sergeant (Promotable) with the 305th Troop Carrier Squadron, Tactical Air Command at Tinker Air Force Base. In all Staff Sgt. Honea served as an active duty and Inactive Ready Reservists in the Air Force for 11 years and 14 days. His awards include the Distinguished Unit Citation; the Good Conduct; Korean Service; United Nations Service; and Korean War Service medals. After his discharge from the Air Force he served in Army Reserve until June 21, 1977, after earning the rank of Sergeant First Class.

He married the love of his life Lavena Tahdooahnippah in McAlester on May 24, 1957. They made their home in Cache and have been married for 61 years. He worked in education as a teacher for Indiahoma Public Schools and Civil Service as an Educational Counselor for soldiers. He enjoyed spending time with his family, camping, RV'ing, fishing, hunting, going to Deer Camp with his son and grandson. He was a long-time member of Post Oak Mennonite Brethren Church and served on the Post Oak Church Council.

Ben was also Past Master of Cache Lodge No. 391, Knights of York Cross of Honor #489, India Shriner's of OKC, 33 Degree Endowed Member Valley of McAlester Scottish Rite of Free Masonry, St. Omar Conclave Red Cross of Constantine Oklahoma City, Lawton Commandery #18 Knights Templar of Lawton, Talihina Lodge No. 73, member of India Shriners Shrine #1029204 and was past Master Mason of Lodge in Moore. Ben proudly received his 50 year Master Mason Pin and was the supervisor of wardrobe at McAlester Temple until he retired.

He is survived by his wife, of the home; children: Elizabeth Lee Bear and husband Nathan Bear, Cache, Benjamin Day Honea and wife Martha Honea, Arlington, Texas, and Patricia Ann Honea, of the home; six grandchildren: Brandon, Nathan, Benjamin, William, Caroline and Stephanie; five great-grandkids: Caleb, Gabriel, Haley, Brayden and Brooklyn; brothers and sisters-in-law: Patterson and Charlene Tahdooahnippah, Ferrell and Donna Codopony and Joyce Mathews, other family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by  his parents, siblings: Louise Wade, Bill Honea, and Betty Jane Simmons; and one granddaughter; Christina Rene Smith; father-in-law, Day Tahdooahnippah; and brothers-in-law, Videll Tahdooahnippah and LeRoy Tahdooahnippah.

Visitation will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home chapel.

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