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Rail Worker Dies Without Spouse
(Posted March 5, 2004)
Question 399: My dad passed away recently. He worked for the railroad for 28 years, and was not married. Would my brother and I be entitled to his retirement benefit?
Answer: If your dad had 10 or more years of service before 1975, a lump-sum death benefit might be payable to the person who paid for the funeral. The average payment is about $900, but it cannot exceed the actual costs of the funeral.
If your dad had fewer than 10 years of service before 1975, there are no further benefits payable by Railroad Retirement.
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