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Ben Saucerman


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Saucerman, Ben
(Gordon Benning), 97, of Phoenix, was released from old age on November 11, 2016. Ben was born in Whittier, Calif., during the Spanish flu epidemic in December 1918. He grew up in Needles, Calif., and called himself a "lizard" because he loved the desert. He had a life-long love for football and played all sports in high school. He played football in junior college before transferring to the University of California at Berkeley, and finished his education in engineering in 1940. While still attending Cal, he was recruited by General Electric and went to work for the company in Schenectady, N.Y., following graduation. Though his GE job qualified him for deferment from military service when World War II started, he quit his job and enlisted in the U.S. Navy. After being honorably discharged, he rejoined GE as a sales engineer and worked his way up to regional sales manager at retirement. He was an avid golfer, sang barbershop with the Phabulous Phoenicians, enjoyed sailing and loved animals of all kinds. Lake Havasu held a special place in his heart. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Hazel, in 1999. Ben is survived by his wife, Lana, and stepson, Kent; daughters, Nancy McNair (Jeff) and Sherry Stone (Paul); grandchildren, Bryan McNair, Alicia Zimmerman (Jeramy), Chris McNair; great-granddaughter, Kaylee Zimmerman, and virtual son, Ray Laukat (Kim). A Memorial Service will be held for Ben in Lake Havasu City.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Nov. 27, 2016
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