Ben was born in Shenandoah, Iowa on Oct. 30, 1918. He served in World War II as a lieutenant in the South Pacific arena.
Ben lived in Metropolis for over 50 years and retired from Missouri Portland Cement Co. in Joppa as an engineer.
He was a member of the Elks Lodge 1428.
He is survived by his three children, Janis Bradford and husband Junior of Belknap, David Neally and wife Lisa of Metropolis and Elizabeth Neally of San Antonio, Texas; his five grandchildren, Lisa Bradford, Craig Bradford, Angela Rodgers and husband Chris, Samantha Neally and Mia Neally; and his two great-grandchildren, Shawn Bradford and Simone Fashola.
The family will hold a Celebration of Ben’s life on Saturday, March 30.
Ben was an avid reader and memorial contributions may be made to the Metropolis Public Library, 317 Metropolis St., Metropolis, IL 62960.
The family would like to thank the staff and nurses at Southgate Nursing and Rehabilitation home for their care of their father.