Ben was born to Lonnie Childers and Lee Schroff in St. George, Utah, on November 17, 1976. All of Ben’s demons and desperation in Earth-life led to acts nearly unbelievable to those who love and cherish him. On September 11, 2014, Ben’s life ended way too soon.
Generosity and love are the two words all who even met him once called him. To have used his Santa beard and wig to perform such a last horrendous act is steeped in irony, and yet a humorless outcome as Ben loved dressing-up in his Santa suit for kids in the area. He had that spirit of giving all year long. His beloved sons, family and friends were yearlong recipients of Ben’s loving and giving. He was the greatest son, dad, uncle and brother. He was always ready to help, listen, go to the lake, mountains, fishing, camping or just hang out and barbecue.
Ben had his own yard maintenance business at age 10 and had many happy, amazed clients. From age 16, he has worked in his dad’s roofing and siding business. He was well-known for doing excellent work and also got some of his biggest contracts from either doing a roof or job for a widow or struggling family without pay or for barter. They were great advertising. Ben’s other hobby was to go on Craigslist and see family’s needs and gather-up clothes, food, etc. and answer their advertisement. His Mom and sons and friends happily assisted on these service projects. It is hard to decipher whether Ben or those he helped felt more joy. Being too generous and too involved in his other “hobby,” gambling, did not mix well.
Ben leaves behind the shining stars of his life his two sons, Easton and Hunter; his mom, Lonnie and stepdad, Bill Mathews; his dad, Lee and stepmom, Jennifer; brothers, Kerby, Isaac, Steve, Dustin, Eric, Kenny and sisters, Celia, Alicia, Sheila, Julie and their spouses; dozens of beloved nephews and nieces at home and on missions; also his Granny, Liz and her girls. All whose hearts are broken today.
We are writing this for all those wonderful people we love and who love Ben and us. We would never turn anyone away … (that would make Ben furious!) But, if you are negative, curious, part of the Media or desire to turn Ben’s service into a sideshow – Please refrain from attending the service.
- Funeral services will be Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 2 p.m. in the Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 South Bluff Street, St. George, Utah.
- A visitation will be held Tuesday, Sept. 16 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. prior to services.
- Interment will be in the Tonaquint Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, telephone 435-673-2454. Family and friends are invited to sign his guest book at the Spilsbury Mortuary website.
Thank you for all your support. God bless and thanks for everything!