Arnold “Arnie” James Benjamin, 67 of Moon Creek, Miles City, MT passed away on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at the Holy Rosary Hospital in Miles City.
Arnie was born October 22, 1945 in Miles City to Wesley James (Jim) Benjamin and Ruth (Johnson) Benjamin. He was the third of five children. He lived in Broadus, MT as an infant. His parents moved to Jack Creek, south of Miles City, when he was two years old. He started school at the SY School in 1951.
In 1956 his parents purchased a ranch on Moon Creek and this became the family home. He completed grade school at the Moon Creek School.
It was during this time that Arnie fell in love with racing horses. When Arnie was ten years of age, he jockeyed many of his Dad’s horses, being an exceptional jockey winning many races. A lifelong passion for racing and training horses began and from this time on, racing was in his blood. When he was a junior in Custer County High School, he had his own horse, Fleet Cap, which he raced in Ft. Pierre, SD. The arrival of spring always meant the end of school for Arnie and the start of going on the race horse circuit. In the 1960’s Arnie served his country in the National Guard. In 1963, Arnie raced with his dad and family at Assiniboia Downs Racetrack in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. In the fall of that year, the Benjamin family hit the Montana racing circuit. For his entire life, Arnie trained and worked with horses and for many years he worked as an out-rider for the Miles City Bucking Horse Sale and all throughout Montana and Canada. Aside from the love for his family and horses Arnie loved to hunt, fish, trap and take care of his chickens and geese.
Arnie moved back to the family ranch in 1990 after the death of his dad. It was his dad’s request that Arnie and Kathie live close by, so Arnie’s mother would not be alone. Arnie and Kathie provided care for his mother for twenty years.
Arnie married Janet in 1967. They had two children, Jody and Chad. He then married Kathie Kipf on September 29, 1984 in Billings, MT. His family now included three more daughters; Shanna, Kelly, and Kerry.
Survivors include his wife Kathie of Moon Creek, his daughters Jody Lacy of Billings and Shanna Walker of Miles City, daughter Kelly Padilla of Antelope, CA, son Chad of Wolf Point, and daughter Kerry (Scott) Powell of Sheperd, MT, mother Ruth Benjamin of Miles City, brothers Ben (Eileen) Benjamin of Terry, Tom (Sherry) Benjamin of Fallon, sisters Mary (Gene) Derenburger of Miles City and Deb (Roger) Stevens of Lewistown. He is survived by 13 grandchildren, one great grandson, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his dad, Jim Benjamin.
Visitation began on Sunday, June 9, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Miles City. Funeral services were held on Monday, June 10, 2013 at the Eastern Montana Fairgrounds Arena in Miles City.
Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home of Miles City is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com.
Should friends desire, memorials may be made at Stockman Bank in Miles City.
Published June 12, 2013