Ben Vannatta of Perry


Ben Vannatta, 87, of Perry passed away Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, at the Iowa Veterans Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Dec. 28 at 10:30 a.m. at the Perry Bible Church in Perry. Visitation will be Friday, Dec. 27 from 2-7 p.m., with family present to greet friends from 5-7 p.m. at the Carris Family Funeral Home and Cremation Care in Perry. Burial will be in the Rippey Cemetery at Rippey, Iowa.

Memorials will be given to Rippey United Methodist Church and Perry Bible Church and may be left at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent at

Ben Ray Vannatta was born April 20, 1932, in Perry, Iowa, to Samuel Wilson and Clara Mae (Caldwell) Vannatta.

He attended school at Angus and Rippey.

Ben served in the U.S. Army in Germany during the Korean War.

He was united in marriage to Marjorie Anderson Jan. 30, 1953, and later to Marjorie Grow June 21, 1997.

Ben farmed for many years. He also worked at the Perry Sale Barn and the ASCS in Boone County.

He was a member of the Rippey United Methodist Church, Perry Bible Church and the Rippey American Legion Post 553.

Ben enjoyed fishing, baking butter horn rolls and pies and making ice cream.

In death he rejoins his wives; parents; grandparents, George and Sarah Vannatta; brothers, George Vannatta and Paul Vannatta; and a sister, Opal Mae Emery.

Left to cherish Ben’s memory are his children, Louis (Kit) Vannatta, Teresa (Bryan) Mowrer and Jeanne (Pete) Kottra; grandchildren, Elizabeth (Steven) Rachut, Kyle (Jaimee) Mowrer, Adam, Sean and Andrea Vannatta and Haley, Ian, Andrew and Sara Kottra; great-grandchildren, Abby Elizabeth, Caleb and Ellery Rachut and Rylee, Nora and Paige Mowrer.


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