Obituary: Benjamin P. Hirner, 30, of Mokane, Mo.

Posted: Dec. 9, 2019 10:42 am

Benjamin P. Hirner, 30, of Mokane, Mo., and formerly of Philadelphia, Mo., passed away Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Neb.

The family is being served by Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel in Palmyra, Mo.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, at the Mission Hill Baptist Church in Palmyra, Mo. Rev. Dewayne Larenson and Rev. Olivia Earlywine will officiate.

Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, 2019, at Mission Hill Baptist Church

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made for his children's education, in care of Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel in Palmyra, Mo.

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