Benjamin Hammond Warren Grice, 76, was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado on December 18, 1937 and passed away on July 5, 2014 in Colorado Springs after suffering from a number of strokes and associated complications.
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Benjamin graduated from Colorado Springs High School on June 7, 1956 and served in the United States Air Force from April 14, 1961 to February 25, 1965. He worked as a cook, bouncer and was self-employed. During his career he had been employed by the Antler's Hotel, the US Olympic Training Center, Tex Mex, Grain and Grape, the Wagon Wheel and the Playboy Club in Denver, Wichita and Los Angeles where he met many Hollywood celebrities and became good friends with Hugh Hefner.
Benjamin enjoyed building model trains.
Benjamin is survived by brother, Vernon (Pete) Lee Grice of Delaware; sister, Florine Mitchell of Colorado Springs; sister, Elizabeth J. Boyd of Colorado Springs; sister, Alice Lovett of Colorado Springs; brother, Manuel Grice of Idaho; and many nieces and nephews.
Benjamin was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur Otwell Grice and Albirdie (Peak) Grice; brother, Arthur Otwell Grice Jr.; brother, Albert Grice; brother, Melvin Grice; sister, Melba Grice; and brother, Edgar Grice. Benjamin was also preceded in death by his ex-wife, Barbara Grice who he cherished.
Thanks to the people who became friends of Benjamin and helped with his care, to include Cheyenne Mountain Care and Rehab Center, Peak Vista Community Health Care Center, Memorial Hospital, Colorado Springs Housing Authority, El Paso County Department of Social Services, Department of Veterans Affairs, Social Security Administration, Complete Home Health Care, Rocky Mountain Options for Long Term Care, Sunny Vista Living Center, Franklin Square Apartments and the Finish Line.
Memorial Service, 11:00AM, Saturday, July 19, 2014, The Springs Funeral Services, 3115 East Platte Avenue, Colorado Springs.
Published in The Gazette from July 13 to July 16, 2014