Benjamin Charles Lunis, 83, longtime resident of southeast Idaho, passed away Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at home surrounded by family, and he is now joyfully with his Lord and Savior.
Ben was born Dec. 3, 1930, the oldest of two sons to immigrants from eastern Europe, Benjamin Charles Lunis and Marie Krolewski Lunis, in Walsenburg, Colo., where he grew up and graduated from Huerfano County High School.
He graduated from Colorado State University in 1954 with a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering. Most of his professional career he worked at INL (Idaho National Laboratory), where he served as a project engineer and program manager.
Ben married Elizabeth "Betty" Baker in 1955. They had two daughters, Sharon Elizabeth and Barbara Marie, born in Denver and raised in Idaho Falls. They later divorced but they passed on to their girls a love for Jesus, fishing, camping and reading.
He was instrumental in the founding of the Idaho Falls chapter of Full Gospel Businessmen's Fellowship. He also served as a leader in the groups that sprung out of the Charismatic Renewal in the 1960s.
In 1983, Ben married Mary B. Rice, a realtor in Idaho Falls. The next year they began building a cabin for weekend use. After retiring in 1991, they moved to the Greentimber area east of Ashton and had many happy years living full time in the "cabin." They spent later winters in various spots in Arizona.
Ben has recently had a rewarding time being part of "Communion with God Ministries." He has been teaching others to hear God's voice and to know when it is God speaking. This has been the most satisfying thing in his life.
Ben is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Mary Lunis; two adoring daughters, Sharon Elizabeth Smith of Denver and Barbie (Bobby) Dickinson of Crawford Colo.; three grandsons, Stephen Smith, Brian Smith and Shawn Dickinson; four great-grandchildren; seven stepchildren, Jo (Rudy) Finne, Gayle (Larry) Eaton, Maribee (Carey) Sovereign, Steve (Corie) Rice, Randy (Francine) Rice, Michael (Bonnie) Rice and Ginny (Roger) Kuhl; 14 step-grandchildren, and 22 step-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Ron, his first wife, Betty Lunis; a stepson, Greg Rice; and a step-granddaughter, Stacey Heim.
Memorial services will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday, May 4, at Wood Funeral Home, 273 N. Ridge Ave., with Ron Derrick officiating. The family will visit with friends beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.woodfuneralhome.com.