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Posted on Apr 7, 2015

Benjamin L. Carrow

Benjamin L. Carrow, 93, of Quincy passed away on Monday, March 23, 2015. He was a dedicated father, grandfather, friend and teacher and a highly regarded businessman.

Ben was born on Nov. 30, 1921, to Michael and Mary Carrow at Crystal City, Mo. He attended school and graduated from Crystal City High School.

Ben Carrow

Ben Carrow

He joined the U.S. Navy in 1942 and served thru 1946. Dad was very proud of his veteran status and serving for his country. He then attended Tarkio College, playing football and running track. Graduating in 1950 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, so began is teaching career.  He met Marilyn and the two were married in 1948. Their first son Mike was born in Missouri. After graduation, they headed west, with the thought they might eventually end up in Alaska. He took teaching jobs as well as coached football and basketball in Meeker, Colo. There they had their second child, a daughter Kathy. He then taught in St. Maries, Idaho. In 1955 the family moved to Quincy, and their son Jeff was born. The migration to Alaska ended in Quincy, where our roots took hold. Ben taught biology, botany and zoology for 29 years at Quincy High School, where he earned the name “Buggy Ben” before his retirement in 1984. Besides being a teacher, he had two other careers. He bought a Shell Service station and a small farm, which was a cow calf operation for most of his teaching career. In his spare time, he loved to carve and paint his famous walking sticks; he would spend hours on each stick and then give most away.

Ben was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn Carrow, and two brothers.

He is survived by his children, Mike (Margaret) Carrow of Pendleton, Ore., Kathy (John) Vollbrecht of Shoreline and Jeff (Gayle) Carrow of Cashmere. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Carl and wife Nellie, Orville and wife Gloria and Francis and wife Rita; and two sisters, Doloris McClain and Mary Andiffred.

A celebration of life services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 11, 2015, at the Free Methodist Church in Quincy. Memorials may be made to the American Legion Auxiliary 9th District.

Please leave a memory for the family or sign its online guestbook at

Scharbach’s Columbia Funeral Chapel in Quincy is assisting the family with arrangements.

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