Obituary for Ben Gonzales

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Ben Gonzales

December 22, 1941 - July 31, 2019


Ben Gonzales, 77, of Lewis Center, Ohio, passed away on July 31,2019

Ben is survived by his daughter Jennifer (Chris) Myers, son Jason (Marie) Gonzales, his grandchildren Alexandria and Samantha Myers, and Jackson and Isabella Flint-Gonzales. He is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and extended family. He is the last of his immediate family including his parents Jesus and Maria Gonzalez and siblings Irma, Jesse and Rene.

Ben served his country in the Air Force during the Vietnam War, never having to serve combat duty. The G.I. Bill enabled him to attend the University of Illinois and enjoy a long, successful career in Human Relations. His greatest passions were being outdoors and reading. Those who knew him know that he was at his happiest on a boat, line in the water. Like any good angler, he loved telling his fishing stories, punctuating them with his warm, hearty laugh. He was a friend to many with his gregarious nature.

He was always generous, giving to too many charities to list here. Indeed he was always eager to be helpful to anyone in need. In addition to giving money, he often gave his time. He was a camp counselor at a camp for mentally handicapped children, he helped teach illiterate adults to read, and volunteered in homeless shelters. As a youth soccer coach he bought soccer shoes for children who couldn’t afford them. He never hesitated to go out of his way to be helpful, never expecting recognition.

Those wanting to leave a gift in his honor should give a donation in his name to St. Jude’s hospital. He would be happy to know that children will be given help in his name.

There will be a celebration of Ben’s life at his nephew Michael’s house near Indianapolis on Saturday, August 10th. Those wanting to attend should contact the family for details.

Services

There will be a celebration of Ben’s life at his nephew Michael’s house near Indianapolis on Saturday, August 10th. Those wanting to attend should contact the family for details.

Virginia dinsmoor posted on August 5, 2019

Great tribute to Ben. So many of these things I did not know. Good people volunteer and do it out of their heart. My boys have called and talked about the many fishing trips. The photo is fantastic, good looking guy.


CJ Johnson posted on August 4, 2019

It is an honor to have known you and been touched by your warm heart. You will be truly missed sir. All my love and prayers


 


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