Ben Dennis
Ben Dennis

Obituary of Ben W. Dennis

Benjamin Wesley Dennis was born November 1, 1924 at the family home on a farm near Meeting Creek. He was the fourth child of seven born to his parents, Blanche and Stanley Dennis. He grew up on the farm; lots of fun and hard work as a family, sharing good times and bad with an aunt, uncle and double cousins living close by. The sudden passing of his older sister Francis when he was eight years old was a life altering event as he experienced his families’ grief, particularly his mothers. He attended Glen Park school with his brothers, sister and cousins sharing many mischievous antics with his older brother, Budd. On leaving school, he took up farming and continued farming his entire career. It was a lifestyle which he loved. He was gifted with an ability to engineer and construct whatever was needed for his farming operation and his neighbors. ‘If he could think it, he could build it’. Ben met Doris Peterson when she came to Meeting Creek to teach school and they attended the same church. They were married on July 17, 1952. Their union was blessed with eight children: three sons and five daughters. Life was full and busy. All of his children, beginning at young ages, have very fond memories of him as a fun, caring and loving dad. He always had a love for chocolate, so we could count on him to make sure we had lots of treats. He was a good son to his parents who lived just half a mile away from his home – this enabled his father to remain on the farm until he passed. His mom would often remark that he was so good to them. He enjoyed and valued family. As a family, we faithfully attended Meeting Creek Church. Dad was very involved with the Church and Living Springs Bible Camp, offering his time and talents wherever needed. We made a yearly trip to Peace River to visit his two brothers and their families. He also enjoyed traveling. He and Mom made trips to Mexico, Hawaii, Cuba, the southern US, and the Maritime provinces. An Alaskan cruise with several of the kids and their families was also a highlight. One trip that they particularly enjoyed was flying to Ontario to pick up a new car, visiting his brother, Vern, and his wife, Vangie in Chicago on the way home. He could make, fix, or build anything: he built two of the houses our family lived in, (construction, electrical, plumbing, and finishing carpentry including kitchen cabinets) He also built a little tractor for us kids to drive around the yard, worked with Douglas to build a mini motorbike, and built several grandfather clocks. Dad had said that he supposed that he always wanted to be a farmer. He had a successful farming operation, retiring when he was 85 years of age. After retiring, he helped Douglas and Bryan by driving combine during the busy times; it is hard for a farmer to completely step away from the farm. He and Mom moved from the farm at Meeting Creek to Camrose, AB in May 2012. In September 2012, they lost their second oldest daughter, Linda, to cancer, which was very difficult. They really enjoyed being part of the community at Brookside. They had a beautiful condo with their deck overlooking a creek, and often saw deer close by. Dad resided there until he went into Camrose hospital in August 2020, then moved into supportive living in Royal Oak Village in Lacombe, AB on October 15. He was a quiet, strong but gentle man with a great sense of humor and a deep faith. He had a big heart and was always very generous with his time, skills, and money to those around him who needed help. He was a great provider for his family, making sure we had everything we needed and more. He was a loving father who built us up. He and Mom instilled in all us a confidence and sense of security. Home was always a loving and safe place where we returned often. We have remained a close family today and continue to spend much valued time together. On Thursday, December 3, 2020, Ben went peacefully to be with his Lord at the age of 96 years. With thankful hearts for a grace-filled life, we say farewell to a beloved husband, brother, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Doris, three sons: Douglas of Edberg, AB Bryan (Veronica) of Meeting Creek, AB Owen (Marilyn) of Calgary, AB, four daughters: Gail (Glenn) Brunner of Red Deer, AB, Lois (Robert) Sinnamon of Red Deer, AB, Ruth (Clarence) Peters of Waldheim, SK, and Tracey (Shawn) Higashi of Calgary, AB; son-in-law Rick Cole of New Norway; twenty-four grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren, brother Hugh (Lorraine) of Red Deer, AB, and sister Joyce Fair of Edmonton, AB, and sister-in law Margaret of Peace River, AB, numerous nieces and nephews, relatives, and friends. He was predeceased by his daughter Linda Cole, great-granddaughter Carolyn Babcock, sister Francis, and brothers Vernon, Budd and Graydon. Due to the pandemic restrictions, a private family graveside service will take place at the Meeting Creek Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to The Gideons, Meeting Creek Evangelical Free Church or to the Living Springs Bible Camp.
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