PLATTSMOUTH (Neb.) — Born in Ohio, Benton C. Kinkead fought in the Union Army during the Civil War, participating in iconic events like the Battle of Shiloh. He was shot, wounded, and eventually captured during the War.
Michael Pauly, American Legion Post 56 member said that “He returned home to Marietta,” “And in 1864 and 1871 had he met and married Cynthia. Cynthia Vest.”
Kinkead, his wife, had two daughters. They moved to Plattsmouth.
Pauly explained that “He had a career painting houses, and his wife died. Then, suddenly in 1910, he moved to Seattle with his adult children. By 1916, he was dead from low-bar pneumonia.”
His cremated remains were kept in Washington by a funeral home for reasons that are not known to anyone. Since his wife was buried at Oak Hill Cemetery, they were not collected or returned to Plattsmouth.
Pauly explained that only the Missing in America team found his ashes and determined the final resting place for his spouse. Pauly added that they then returned the ashes to Plattsmouth.
American Legion members Kermit and Pauly Reisdorph felt called to honor a hero committed to keeping this country together.
Pauly explained that after his remains had been sitting on a shelf for over 105 years, he’s finally found his final resting place.
Pauly sees this procession as a window into our past.
Pauly stated that history doesn’t end or begin with one person. It’s a benchmark of where we are. We can look at these benchmarks to determine who we become based upon where they are.
Reisdorph feels that Kinkead should be given a proper funeral. It is the least one can do to thank them and allow them to rest in peace.
Reisdorph expressed gratitude for his burial, not only because he was a veteran, but also because he has been reunited with his wife, after 111 year.
This story was first reported by Isabella Basco, KMTV.