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Bennie Kittelson, 56

Bennie William Kittelson, age 56 of Hudson, died Monday, Dec. 21, 2009, at his home, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Bennie was born on Sept. 29, 1953, in Hudson, the son of Harris and Jean (Huetmaker) Kittelson.

He was a graduate of North St. Paul High School and attended Rasmussen College, where he received a diploma as a dental technologist. Bennie married Loretta Luther on July 24, 1999, in River Falls.

Bennie was an avid outdoorsman, and he was also an accomplished tattoo artist.

He is survived by his wife, Loretta, Hudson, Wis.; two daughters, Jolene (Robert) Riley, Richfield, Minn., Kimberly (Tony) Eiden, N. St. Paul, Minn.; two step-daughters, Greta Lee and Missy Lee;

eight grandchildren; mother, Jean Kittelson, River Falls, Wis.; two brothers and one sister, Mary (Gary) Hayes, Wayne Kittelson, Paul Kittelson.

He was preceded in death by his father, Harris.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 26, at St. Bridget's Catholic Church, River Falls. Fr. Gerald Harris will officiate. Friends and family are invited to call at the church on Saturday for one hour prior to the service.

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Cashman-Hill Funeral Home & Cremation Services, River Falls, is assisting the family with arrangements.