The Guest Book is expired.
Ben Friday passed away peacefully at his home, Thursday, October 3. He was 96. He was preceded in death by his wife of 41 years, Colleen Friday, who passed away in 1983. He is survived by his five children; Diane and her husband Ellis Hall, William and his wife Wendy Hogue, Sunny Morningstar, Elizabeth Faulds, and Deborah Kelly; 12 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren. His long-time friend and beloved companion, Sonya Guidry, who was his partner on many adventures through the years, guided and helped him take his last few steps into his next great adventure. Ben was born in Fruitland, Florida and grew up on the St. Johns River. He spent five years in the Army during World War II, and was a fern grower in Pierson, FL for 20 years. After retiring from Sears in Daytona at age 65, Ben participated in many outdoor adventures, saying he wanted to enjoy them before he got old. He was a member of many environmental organizations and a lifetime member of the Siera Club, serving a term as treasurer and becoming an Outings Leader. He has hiked over 100 miles on the Appalachian Trail and canoed 40 bodies of water in Florida. At the age of 76 he walked 190 miles across England and to celebrate his 80th birthday, he walked 145 miles across Florida from North Peninsula State Park on the East coast to Yankeetown on the Gulf of Mexico. Ben was a Hospice volunteer for five years and has been a regular and loyal supporter of World Vision for many years. A Celebration of the Life of Ben Friday will be held on Sunday, November 10 at 1 PM on Spruce Creek at Cracker Creek, 1795 Taylor Road in Port Orange. Friends and family are invited to attend the celebration and bring a covered dish to share. Drinks will be provided. Also provided by the family are Pontoon boat rides traveling past Ben's creek side home Further details will be found in the Events section at www.crackercreek.com. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Hospice of Volusia and Flagler, 3800 Woodbriar Trail, Port Orange, FL 32129. Condolences can be shared with the family at www.lohmanfuneralhomes.com.
Lohman Daytona Funeral Home
1423 Bellevue Avenue
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Oct. 6, 2013