Benjamin L. Preston, age 78, of Millcreek, passed away Saturday, June 29, 2013, peacefully, at his home. He was born in Erie on August 29, 1934, a son of the late Walter L. Preston and Catherine Thomas Preston.
Ben was a 1952 graduate of East High School and went on to serve in the United States Army.
He was a Police Officer
for the Erie City Police Department, for over 32 years, his last position as a detective in the I.D section.
He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police Erie Lodge 7 and the Erie Retired Police Association. Ben was a huge train buff and loved fishing and spending time on his boat "The Barsumar."
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Barbara Gidos Preston, in 2012.
He is survived by two daughters: Susan C. Preston and Marjorie M. Preston, both of Erie; three sisters-in-law: Cathy Sherman of California, Peggy Fries of Erie, and Joan Klos of McKean; a brother-in-law, Peter Gidos of Erie; and cousins, Dick and Trish Walsh and Pat and Leo Kosobucki. He is further survived by several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Burton Westlake Funeral Home, 3801 West 26th St., on Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., and are invited to attend services there on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be private, in Calvary Cemetery, at the convenience of the family.
Memorials may be made to the Fraternal Order of Police Erie Lodge 7, PO Box 1738, Erie, PA 16507.