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Benjamin Harley, beloved husband of Esther Moon, devoted father to Daniel (Caryl), Brian (Susi), Laurie, and Susan (Jon) Applegate. Loving grandfather to Ross and Ariel Moon, Chris and Sam Moon, and Ben Applegate. Born in Rock Island, Illinois in 1922, Ben grew up in Wilmette, Illinois, attending New Trier High School and Northwestern University, where he was active in Triangle Fraternity and the V-12 program. He met the Chicago girl who became his wife of 68 years, Esther Marie Baidinger, and they married in 1944. After Ben's Naval service in WWII was complete, they settled outside Chicago and welcomed three children. Ben began his 37 year career with Procter and Gamble but was then transferred to Cincinnati, where they settled in Mariemont and made friendships lasting a lifetime. When another baby arrived Esther found an old farmhouse in Indian Hill where they moved their family of six. For the next fifty years Ben put heart and soul, and much elbow grease, into the maintenance of the house, barn, and property, now just a memory of old Indian Hill. He also enjoyed golf, choir singing, reading, writing, and videotaping trips to faraway places. Mostly, he liked to fix what needed fixing and would always lend a hand, especially when visiting his childrens' homes across the country. With the onset of Alzheimer's, Ben spent his final years in Sem Haven, Milford, where the caring staff enjoyed his singing until it was silenced by the disease. He died peacefully in his sleep on February 6, 2013. Ben had made prior arrangements to donate his body for medical research to the University of Cincinnati Medical School. If desired, donations can be made to the
, http://www.alz.org/join_the_cause_donate.asp There are no plans for a memorial at this time.
Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer on Feb. 13, 2013