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Richard Stephen "Ben" Lynn Obituary
Richard Stephen (Ben) Lynn passed from this life peacefully April 17, 2013, from complications of diabetes.
He was born in Williamsburg, Pa., Jan. 10, 1923, to Roy David and Massie (Horton) Lynn.
Ben is survived by his wife, Evelyn (Shoeman) Lynn. They would have been married 69 years in May.
He served in the United States Army stationed in Fort Belvoir, Va. and is a WWII Veteran. During his enlistment, he served as a Sanitation Technician, Medical Technician and at one time served as a guard for German detainees in Wisconsin. He earned his sharp shooter classification and WWII Victory medal w/American Theater Ribbon.
He was employed by Addressograph-Multigraph in Cleveland, Ohio for over 17 years, where after, he owned and operated Lynn's Sohio Gas & Service station in Chardon, Ohio as well as stations in Hambden and Mentor, Ohio. The call of the road hit him and he drove cross country for North American Van Lines before "retiring". He retired again, from a county bus driving job, for Geauga County Transit in Ohio.
During his post service life, Ben and his wife lived in Ohio, Arizona and Pennsylvania. They moved to California from Pennsylvania in 2010 and were residents of Santa Cruz and Scotts Valley.
Ben played softball in his earlier years. He was always an avid reader and card player and kept his mind sharp through books and crossword puzzles. His sense of humor was one of his greatest assets causing much laughter and on occasion, was the source of many groans.
He is survived by his wife, Evelyn Lynn; two daughters, Carol (Tom) Smith of Santa Cruz, Calif., and Shirley (Rich) Perine of Mentor-on-the-Lake, Ohio; one brother, Dale of S.C.; six grandchildren, Debbie (Lloyd) Clark of Ohio, Frank (Lauren) Kaminski of Ohio, David Harrison of Calif., Michelle (Randy) Richmond of Calif., Richard Tyson (Aspen) Sheppard of Calif. and Andrew (Carissa) Perine of Ohio; four great grandchildren, Jessica Avila of Calif., Lacey (Tosh) Richmond Harrison of Calif., Emily Clark of Ohio, and Liam Sheppard of Calif; one great, great-grandchild; Hazel Avila of Calif.; and many, many relatives, too numerous to mention but he had fond memories of each of them.
Ben was preceded in death by two daughters, Barbara Ann Lynn and Peggy Ann (Lynn) Kaminski; nine brothers, Palmer, Norman, Milton, John, Jesse, Gerald, Stewart, Robert, Wilmer; and three sisters, Wilma, Shirley and Donna.
Ben always had a smile and a "Hey, how ya doin'?" for everyone. He is greatly missed.
No services or memorials are planned. His ashes will be interred in Diehls Crossroads Cemetery in Martinsburg, Pa.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to: Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, 200 S. Park Road, Suite 100, Hollywood, FL 33021; to a or to Ben's wife in care of Carol Smith 1225 Dougmar Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-2914.

Published in www.News-Herald.com from Apr. 23 to Apr. 24, 2013
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