Benjamin (Ben) Robert Schneller passed away in Arvada, Colorado on July 28, 2020, at the age of 87.
“Big Ben” was born on September 18, 1932 in Hastings, Nebraska, and grew up in Beatrice, Nebraska. Following the call of many of his generation he joined the military, serving in the Navy as an airplane mechanic from August 1951 to August 1955.
In May of 1958, Ben married Meredith (Marty) Jean Weber. They went on to raise three kids, Dan, Ben D., and Lynette, in the heart of the Colorado Rockies. After Marty tragically lost her battle to cancer in 1988, Ben was blessed by his marriage to Sandra McDaniel in 1989. Ben’s main career was excelling as a self-employed auto mechanic, working his auto parts and service business in Grand Lake, Colorado. He was known in the town for helping fellow townspeople, hosting Easter egg hunts for the town’s youngsters, and being able to fix about anything.
Ben was preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin L. and Anna (Anderson); and his sisters, Jean and Lois (Fraley). He is survived by his sister, Phyllis (Polak); three children; six grandchildren; and a great granddaughter. He is also survived by his grown step-children, Cindy and Melissa who lovingly called him “Pops”; and three step-grandchildren.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date yet to be determined.
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