I learned about Bens passing roughly ten months after, and just found this page now. Ben was a very dear friend of mine, giving me a place to stay when I was homeless at age 17, telling me stories about his youth, going on adventures with me, looking for furniture... we did so much together. We met at the Guthrie/Walker, where we worked together for a time. I miss him terribly, he was a brilliant light in my life. If there is ever another memorial service or event to commemorate his life, please pass along an invite. Big, warm hugs to Betsy, Bens parents, and everyone else who loves him. Kyle, email@example.com
I just found this obituary while searching for Ben. He and I were good friends back in Minneapolis, and I was also friends with Ray Ray when he was still alive. Ben, Ray, and I drove up to Fargo, ND where I dropped the two of them off at a truck stop to begin their journey (documentary) to the West coast. Such great memories! I just came across that documentary and a few of Ray's paintings which are now hanging on my living room wall here in Hong Kong. Such a world away, in time and distance, but very very fond memories.
I just found out about this. I am so sorry Erin family and friends. May he find eternal happiness.
Very sorry Erin and family.
Ben you will be missed. I remember you in a karate uniform back in early grade school and our moms helping in the class together... So sorry for your loved ones.
Praying for the family
He was ~One of a kind~
Rest in Peace Ben..See you on the other side
Ben was an original. I have fond memories of debating the finer points of life with him. I will miss giving that boy heck.
Erin,My thoughts and prayers are with you and your famiily at this time for your loss.
Erin and Family, so sorry for your loss. I have been and will continue to pray for your family and those precious babies.
I remember so fondly the day Ben was born and the years of watching him grow:) I'm sorry to have him leave us so early. Erin, Mike, Will and family...you are in our prayers. So sorry for your loss. Love and peace, Renee, Zack, Chloe, Kalub King
My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Ben's loved ones.
Ben's life inspired many, he will truley be missed.
To all who had the pleasure of knowing Ben, we're very sorry for your loss.
Erin---so sorry to hear of the loss of your son---may he rest in the arms of the lord who has taken away his pain and let the perpetual light shine upon him
Ben was such a unique and special person. I feel very fortunate to have gotten to know him a well as I did. I will never forget him.
Ben had such a gentle, delicate way about him. Smart and engaging, yet fragile at the same time. I really liked him. I am sorry for your loss.
Please know I am praying for comfort and peace for you and your family and all those whose lives have been touched by your son.
So glad I got to be a part of his world. He was a great guy and though I haven't seen him in a long while he will be missed in my heart. Much love to all of his many friends and family.
I'm so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you. May you find comfort in knowing that Ben belonged to the Lord and he'll be spending eternity with Him. Heal their broken hearts God!
gonna miss yah homie tell jeff lil mikey pedro n rj that ill see all yall soon pourin out windsor foe yah ben your homie todd
Erin, I am so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in knowing so many people care and are praying for you and your family ... Sending you hugs and prayers during this difficult time.
So very sorry for your loss. Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
My thoughts and prayers are with you. Your sweet angel here on earth will struggle no more, finding wings of joy to help watch over and protect you and your family.
Erin and family, my condolences. You have been and will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.
I'm very sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family.
Rita Kamuf Jacobs
Erin- I am so sorry for your loss. Life is so hard and unfair at times. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.
Mary Higdon Gresham
Class of 82
Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. You are all in our prayers.
Erin and family, I was so sad to hear of the loss of Michael, I know your hearts are broken, I want you to know I am praying for all of you and I am sure Michael is in the arms of our Lord, blessings to all. Shannon Scheidegger Garcia
Erin and family: I'm so sorry for the loss of your son, Ben. I know you are heartbroken. Please know that your entire family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Erin, Praying for you during this time. May Michael rest in the arms of our loving Jesus.
I am very sorry for your loss of Ben. He was a caring father.
Erin, sorry for your loss. We'll keep you and your family in our prayers!
I will never forget some of the funniest conversations that Ben and I had in High School. He could always make me laugh. Thank you Ben, you will be missed,but not forgotten.
Krista (White) Lillpop
I am so, so sorry for your loss. The words “lost his battle” have really stirred my heart. My sons name is Michael. Almost 5 years ago I went through a recovery program for alcohol addition and have been involved in the recovery ministry since then. Michael's story reminds me why it is so important to continue reaching out to others in addiction. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Erin, so sorry for your loss. May all the words yor read bring you some comfort and peace. Will pray for you and your family!
We are so sorry for your loss and will keep you and your family in our prayers Harold and Brenda
So sorry - you all are in my thoughts and prayers.
As Betsy's Aunt, I only met Ben a few times but already felt that he was a member of our family. His sweet nature and love for Harper was also so evident. I know he will be sadly missed by Betsy, Harper and so many of his friends and family.
Praying for you and your family. So sorry to hear about your son. OCHS class of 82
Erin, I am so sorry to hear about Ben. You are in my thoughts and prayers!!
Erin, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My prayers for comfort are with you and the family. I have a grandchild now too and I cannot imagine getting through something like this without him. I know nothing can replace your loss but I hope you find comfort in his legacies.
I am very sorry to hear about your son. I want you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Dear Erin and Mike,
Sorry to hear of your loss. What a difficult time for you. I hope it comforts you to know Ben lives on in the hearts that cared and in the memories that were shared.
Peace and Strength,
Sally McJoynt Pillsbury
I have many good memories of Ben from growing up in Chrisney and Boy Scouts, then later at Heritage Hills. Thinking of you, Erin, take care.
Dear Chuck and Diane,
I didn't know Ben, but have been privileged to pray for Harper and Betsy and you. I will continue to pray as you face the pain of this incredible loss. Sharing your tears with much love,Diana
So very saddened to hear about Ben. Will continue to pray for peace for the rest of his family. Love you all.
Erin, I did not know Ben but knew he was a good friend of Dustin. Mary and Urban and all the family will be in my prayers
Erin and Mike and the Strobel family,
I am deeply saddened. I remember Ben growing up and then heard great stories of his life after Chrisney. You are all remembered in my prayers during this difficult time.
Ben was very special. You & his whole family are in my prayers.
Thoughts and prayers to the family at this most difficult time.
So sorry for your loss. We will keep your family in our prayers as you deal with this.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love you and your Mom so much..
Sorry about your loss. He was a great guy to know.
Mike was a great guy, one of a kind, with a genuine heart & soul. I'm gonna miss our conversations a lot... RIP Mike.
Got to know Ben when he worked with me, I believe at Haller's Shopworth. Was a great co worker, friend and cousin. Shared a few laughs together while working. I'll miss him. RIP Ben.
Ben was a brilliant, fascinating, truly free individual, and a great friend. He will be missed dearly.
Prayers for the family and loved ones. Ben will be missed by many. Rip Ben
Knew Ben from High School. Had alot of fun and wild memories with him! Was a great friend and always laughing!
So sorry for your lose. Praying for Ben's family and friends.
Thoughts and prayer go out to his family and loved ones. Ben I will always remember your stories you use to tell in school. RIP.
I have known Ben since he was a little boy. This breaks my heart. I love Erin like a daughter. Our thoughts, prayers,are with Erin, Mike, and Will. I think of those babies, and he'll never know what he's missing. I'll have a mass said, and will be saying a rosary, Saturday. Peace, and Love.
Ben was a great classmate. He will be missed. Thoughts and prayers to the family.
I am so sorry about Ben. Know that you and your family are in our prayers.
Erin, there are no words. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I will always remember Ben fondly, he will be greatly missed.
I remember Ben from high school at Heritage Hills. He was always so nice and just a great guy. I dont understand why the good die so young. RiP Ben you will always be remembered
So sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
My sympathies are with all those that survived Ben.
Erin, I am so shocked and sadden by this news. My love and prayers are with you, Mike,and Will.
R.I.P. U WILL BE MISSED AND U WERE LOVED BY MANY!! GREAT PERSON!! IM SORRY TO EVERYBODY WHO IS HURT BY THIS!!
Dear Mary, Erin, Mike, Will and family,
Thinking of you all with sympathy and prayers. May Ben rest in peace now.
Libby & Ben, Somerset, KY
Mike was an excellent student, a delightful classmate, a wonderful friend,and an excellent truck technician. We miss you greatly! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you Erin and your family.
Rosie Haines--Rockport, Indiana
Ben was a great person. We had many good times in high school. He will be missed by many people.
Erin and Emily,
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love Always- Stacy
He was a beautiful soul who touched so many lives. It was an honor to know him.
So sorry. He will be missed.
I'm so sorry for your loss and the grief you're going through. Many people are praying for you during this difficult time and will be in the days ahead.
Aww I am so sorry for your lose he was a great person when I knew him in school! I will be praying for him and his family!
Rest in Peace Classmate!! <3
RIP michael you was a good friend i will sure miss you.
Thoughts and prayers go out to Mike's family. He was a great guy.
Thoughts and prayer go out to mikes family. He was a great guy
Our thoughts and prayers go up for the family. May you sense His great love and peace in the this time of great sorrow.
Dear Betsy,Diane and Chuck, we did not know Ben, but this was a wonderful tribute to him. He sounds like a very kind and good man. We are sad you have lost him and are praying for you all. May the days ahead be filled with hope and support, even as you grieve his loss.
So sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you Erin and your family.
You'll be greatly missed, buddy... We loved you like a brother, and always hoped you'd return to share the stories of your travels. You will forever hold a place in our hearts.