Rev. Ben Chester McIntosh, Sr., was born on May 31, 1926 in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. He was the fifth of 12 children born to the union of Sunny Milton, Sr. and Hattie Mae (Willis) McIntosh. His parents, four sisters, and six brothers preceded him in death.
Ben grew up in Bristow, Oklahoma and attended schools within the Drumright, Oklahoma school system. He served in the United States Army. He was a WWII veteran and was stationed in Japan. He was honorably discharged in 1946. Shortly after his discharge, he relocated to Kansas City, Missouri where he met and married Margaret Lee (Lunn) on December 30, 1950. To this union five children were born. He was a devoted husband to Margaret for 55 years until her death in 2005. His loving devotion and dedication continued toward his family until his passing. Ben accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior at an early age. During the 1950s, he and his family joined Macedonia Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Preston Allen, Sr. There he served on the Deacon Board and was later ordained into the ministry and became an associate minister. He later united with Palestine Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Earl Abel. Here he served as an associate minister, Sunday school teacher, and summer camp pastor. In 1973, he was called to pastor Greater Mount Olive Baptist Church at 19th and Walrond, Kansas City, Missouri. While leading his congregation, he also participated in the prison ministry at Algoa Correctional Center. He retired from Greater Mount Olive after 20 years of service. Ben was a faithful employee of McDowell Tire Company, as a serviceman, for over 30 years. He retired in 1988. Following retirement, he drove school buses for companies that contracted with the Kansas City Missouri School system for over 20 years. Being a sports advocate and a loving father, he ensured that his children as well as the neighborhood youth were involved in character building activities. He was affectionately known as “Grandfather” to the neighborhood children. He coached the neighborhood baseball team called the Terrace Tigers and was a volunteer bus driver for the” Kansas City Youth for Christ” Saturday night rallies. He also participated in the fundraising activities and served as treasurer for the parent organization that supported the Lincoln High School’s Band trip to the 1973 Geneva Youth Musical in Geneva, Switzerland. He was a loyal Royals fan and faithfully attended his children’s and grandchildren’s various sporting events. He was affectionately called “Chick” by his family and friends. He liked the “outdoors” and took pride in his vegetable garden. After a well spent life, at the age of 92, Ben passed away peacefully on October 31, 2018 at the Kansas City Hospice House, 12000 Wornall Road, Kansas City, Missouri surrounded by his loving family. He leaves to cherish his love and memories: two sons, Ben, Jr. (Regina) McIntosh and Curtis (Alfreda) McIntosh; three daughters, Janise Powell, Joyce Merritt, and Margaret Thomas; one brother, Wayne (Irma) McIntosh; one God daughter, Adrienne Holloway; four sisters-in-laws, Katharine Cooper, Lucy McIntosh-Burton (Alfred), Betty McIntosh, Minerva McIntosh-Alcutt; 15 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, 3 great-great grandchildren; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Funeral Services will be held 10:00 A.M. Friday, November 9, 2018 at Palestine Missionary Baptist Church of Jesus Christ 3619 East 35th Street Kansas City, MO. Visitation 8:00 A.M. Interment 2:30 P.M. in Leavenworth National Cemetery.