Ben was a 2011 graduate of McCool Jct. High School and graduated from Iowa Western Community College in 2013. While in high school he worked at McCool Air Service and Agri-Products, and presently worked at Duncan Aviation in Lincoln as a jet mechanic.
Ben was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in McCool Jct. He loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. His laid back and down-to-earth nature earned him the love and respect of his family and friends. His daughter Millie was his pride and joy and his world revolved around her. Ben will be remembered as a devoted father, loving son and brother, and loyal friend and will be missed by all who knew him.
Left to cherish his memory is his daughter, Amelia Jane “Millie” White and her mother, Brianna Miller of Lincoln; parents, Ray and Marilyn White of McCool Jct.; sister, Sam and Matt Thurber of Seward; grandparents, Joseph C. White of McCool Jct. and Ed and Ann Graczyk of Sumner; aunts and uncles, Doreen and Tom Luethje of Bradshaw, Brian and Jackie White of McCool Jct., Jeff and Julie White of McCool Jct., Mary and Bill Dawes of Inman, Kan., John and Kris Graczyk of Ravenna, Jim Graczyk of Miller and Jaime and Cindy Graczyk of Elm Creek. Also surviving are numerous cousins, great-aunts, great-uncles and friends.
Ben was preceded in death by his grandmother, Connie White and aunt, Sherry Graczyk.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1 p.m., Monday, Sept. 29, 2014 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in York. Casual attire and camouflage are encouraged. Interment will be at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, McCool Jct. Visitation will be from 1-9 p.m. Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday at Metz Mortuary, York. A Rosary will be said Sunday evening at 7 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers and plants, memorials may be directed to the family for the benefit of Ben’s daughter, Millie.