Ben’s life tragically ended at Bonaparte Lake on August 17, 2003 at the age of 33.

Ben was a joy to know and loved by everyone who knew him. He was generous, mischevious, funny, hardworking, passionate and full of life.

Ben was born in Pitt Meadows, B.C. on November 4, 1969, the youngest of 6 boys to Hans and Mechthild. He grew up in Dewdney, B.C. on the family farm and chose his career as a helicopter pilot. He loved in Kelowna for the last 2 years with Shawna. He never lost his love for land and dreamed of having his own farm with his family.

Ben lives on in the hearts of his fiancee, Shawna, his mother Mechthild, and her husband Wim, his brothers and their wives, Fred & Elske, Chris & Lori, Nito & Gail, Konrad & Barb, Klaus & Betty and their families.

Ben will also be missed by Shawna’s family, the Beises, and Wim’s Family, the Lambecks.

We miss him more than words can express. The family would like to thank everyone who has expressed their condolences with flowers, cards and kind words. For those who wish to, in lieu of flowers, we would like you to celebrate Ben’s love of children by making a donation in his name to the BC Children’s Hospital.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, August 23, 2003 at 2 p.m. at 36077 Hyde Buker Road, Dewdney, home of Fred & Elske.

Abbotsford News

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