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"Ben lived in Orient, WA until the age of ten when his family moved to Colville and where he completed his education in 1997. While home on leave in 2004, he met Shelly Gordon at a New Year’s Eve Party. Their budding love led to a four-month courtship and marriage on April 29, 2005 at the V.F.W. Legion Hall in Colville followed by a honeymoon in Disney World. Following his June 2007 graduation from flight school the couple moved to Carthage, NY. Ben and Shelly enjoyed time with their dogs and sharing Friday “date nights” with dinner and a movie. Their love blessed them with a daughter Ashlyn Joy in April of 2008.

Ben loved to ride dirt motorcycles and four-wheelers. He found his first inspiration in helicopter flight school, his first love with his wife, and his greatest love with his family at the birth of his daughter Ashlyn. He was a young man defined by his loyalty to God, family and country. He is a husband, father, son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, grandson, friend and hero who will be greatly missed."

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