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SUPERIOR – Benjamin Ralph Simkins, 57, of Superior, passed away Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula.

He was born Oct. 31, 1957, in Missoula to the late Gene and Gwen Simkins. Ben graduated from Superior High School and attended the University of Montana.

He married Paula Jean Frizzell Simkins. He worked at Grapevine Furniture and also worked as a logger. Ben enjoyed wood art, fishing and hunting.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Brian Simkins.

Survivors include his wife, Paula Simkins; sons, Nick (Cassie) Simkins and Travis (Kassie) Simkins; grandchildren, Braden, Brently, Kylie and Kali; nieces and nephews, Shawn, Kyle, Chris, Larry, Syleena, Brandon, Dustin and Shelby; brothers and sisters, Becky (Dale) Magone, Bonnie (Larry) Mitchell and Gary (Teresa) Simkins; 15 great-nieces and -nephews; and many other loving relatives and friends.

A public memorial and potluck will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, at 1857 Quartz Loop, Superior. Condolences may be left for the family at dalyleachchapel.com.

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