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80 years old of Loxahatchee passed away on March 18, 2013 surrounded by his family. Ben was born March 13, 1933 in Grand Rapids, MI. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Alice LaPerna. Loving father to Sheril Farrell (Tom), Marie LaPerna, Doug LaPerna (Stacey), David LaPerna (Elissa), Annie Keller (Randy), Theresa LaPerna, and Benjamin LaPerna, several grandchildren, and one great-grandson. He was pre-deceased by his son Dennis LaPerna in 2007. Ben served in the United States Marine Corps
and fought for our country in the Korean War
. He retired from BellSouth after 35 years of service. He was our patriarch and an adopted father to many of his children's friends. Respected and loved by so many, always helping others. He loved all animals and left behind his constant companion Angel. A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, March 23 at 10:00 AM Our Lady Queen of the Apostles Roman Catholic Church, 100 Crestwood Blvd., Royal Palm Beach, FL. Interment will be Monday March 25 in South Florida National Cemetery, 6501 S. State Road 7, Lake Worth, FL at 10:00 AM. Condolences can be left on the website of Edgley Cremation Services under obituaries.