Ward Besner (1934 - 1965)

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Ward Besner
1934 - 1965
updated February 06, 2019
Ward Besner was born on September 2, 1934. He died in April 1965 at 30 years old.


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Ward Besner died in April 1965 at age 30. He was born on September 2, 1934. There is no information about Ward's surviving family.
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In 1934, in the year that Ward Besner was born, on July 22nd, gangster John Dillinger was killed in Chicago. His gang had robbed banks and police stations, among other charges, and he was being hunted by J. Edgar Hoover, head of the FBI - although many in the public saw him as a "Robin Hood". A madam from a brothel in which he was hiding became an informer for the FBI and, after a shootout with FBI agents, Dillinger was shot and died.

In 1942, by the time he was only 8 years old, due to World War II, automobile production in the United States was stopped on February 1st. A tire rationing program had begun the month before. Detroit - the main hub of car manufacturing - was ordered to free up assembly lines for military production. The president of the Automobile Manufacturers Association said “The automotive industry is in this war all the way". Some dealerships had to close and others expanded their repair shops. The used car market boomed (as did a black market in used cars).

In 1949, he was merely 15 years old when comedian Milton Berle hosted the first telethon show. It raised $1,100,000 for cancer research and lasted 16 hours. The next day, newspapers, in writing about the event, first used the word "telethon."

In 1955, Ward was 21 years old when on September 10th the TV show "Gunsmoke" debuted on CBS. It went on to be television's longest-running western. Matt Dillon, Chester, Doc Adams, and Miss Kitty became household names.

In 1965, in the year of Ward Besner's passing, on March 8th, the first US combat troops arrived in Vietnam. The 3500 Marines joined 23,000 "advisors" already in South Vietnam. By the end of the year, 190,000 American soldiers were in the country.

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Neil Michael Besner
Feb 24, 1954 - Mar 29, 2006
Kenner, Texas
Henry Besner
Aug 5, 1912 - January 1957
Edmond Carl Besner
Sep 9, 1910 - Aug 22, 1977
Medford, OR
Max Besner
Aug 10, 1918 - Dec 12, 2004
Los Angeles, CA
Pierre Besner
Jul 28, 1929 - Nov 7, 2002
Cerritos, CA
Betty B Besner
Mar 31, 1928 - Jan 6, 1994
Oregon City, OR
Wilma Catherine Besner
Jul 15, 1910 - Mar 12, 2000
Medford, OR
Charles R Besner
Jul 17, 1897 - May 1979
Washington, DC
Raymond Besner
Jul 1, 1918 - March 1945
Ian Besner
Feb 3, 1995 - May 31, 2006
Adolph Besner
around 1864 - Apr 26, 1932
Annie Besner
around 1877 - Aug 15, 1932
Benjamin Besner
around 1868 - Mar 12, 1916
Celia Besner
around 1858 - Jul 8, 1932
Charlotte Besner
around 1862 - Jul 10, 1913
George Besner
around 1893  - Jul 18, 1893
Henry G Besner
around 1929 - Mar 29, 1934
Herman Besner
around 1871 - Jun 17, 1913
Jacob J Besner
around 1855 - Aug 25, 1928
Joseph Besner
around 1887 - Apr 9, 1942

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