Ben F. DeMoss Jr., 83, Overbrook: Nov. 23, 1934 – Feb. 24, 2018

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Benjamin F. DeMoss Jr., 83, of Overbrook, Kan., passed away Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, at his home. He was born Nov. 23, 1934, in Indianapolis, Ind., at Methodist Hospital, the son of Benjamin F. DeMoss Sr. and Grace Ann (Reel) DeMoss.

Benjamin grew up in Indianapolis and graduated from Indianapolis Public School No. 38 with the class of 1952. After graduation Benjamin enlisted in the United States Navy, serving his country for the next four years of his life. During his service to his country he was a gunner on the USS Los Angeles CA135, earning the National Defense Medal, Korean Service Medal with two stars, United Nation Service Medal, and a Purple Heart for wounds received in Wonson, Korea. 

He was an auto mechanic in West Newton, Ind., for several years at Johnson’s Garage. He later became food services machine repairman for Hobart Corporation, Topeka, Kan., until his retirement. He moved in 2016 to Overbrook, after living for several years in Walnut, Kan.

On Nov. 2, 1979, Benjamin was united in marriage to Emma Jane DeMoss, in Alma, Kan. Emma Jane preceded him in death.

He is also preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, JoRetta Quinn.

Benjamin is survived by a sister, Rosalie Dearinger, Indianapolis; two daughters, Loretta Virt, Fayetteville, N.C., and Janice Madill, Overbrook; son, Ben Cooper, Carlisle, Penn.; two stepdaughters, Penny Payne, Olathe, Kan., Piper McPherson, Topeka; and 16 grandchildren and 16 plus great-grandchildren.

Graveside funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, at Ft. Scott National Cemetery, Fort Scott, Kan. Condolences to the family may be sent through

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