PLATTSMOUTH. Neb. Benton C. Kinkead, a native of Ohio, fought in Union Army during Civil War. He also participated in famous events like the Battle of Shiloh. During the war, he was shot.
“He returned to Marietta, Ohio,” said American Legion Post 56 Michael Pauly. “And in 1864, and in 1871, he had met and married his wife, Cynthia. Cynthia Vest.”
Kinkead and his wife were blessed with two children and they moved to Plattsmouth.
Pauly said that he was a house painter who lost his wife and emigrated to Seattle in 1910 to be with his children. He died in 1916 from low blood pressure.
His cremated remains were kept in Washington by a funeral home for unknown reasons. They were never returned to Plattsmouth to be buried, as his wife was laid to repose in Oak Hill Cemetery.
Pauly explained that only the Missing in America group discovered his ashes, found the resting spot for his wife and brought the ashes back to Plattsmouth.
American Legion members Kermit Reisdorph and Pauly felt the need to honor a hero committed to keeping our nation together.
Pauly said, “When his remains came up here after 105 year on a shelf,”
Pauly views this procession like a telescope into the past.
Pauly said, “History doesn’t end with one person. It’s just a measure. And we can look to these measures and decide who we will become based on those measures.”
Reisdorph states that Kinkead deserves a decent burial. This is to say thank you and to finally rest in peace.
Reisdorph expressed gratitude for his burial, not only as a veteran, he was also reunited with his wife, after 111 year.”
Isabella Basco, from KMTV, first reported on the story.