Ben C. Estep

April 29, 1949 ‒ March 08, 2018

Galion, Ohio

Known as “PaPa” by his beloved grandchildren, Ben Estep was proud to have served his country in the United States Army during Vietnam. Ben C. Estep, 68, of Galion passed away after an extended illness, Thursday, March 8, 2018 at the Galion Hospital.

He was born April 29, 1949 in Galion and was the son of the late Harold and Dixie (Duncan) Irwin.

Ben was a 1968 graduate of Northmor High School and worked as a machinist at the former Komatsu Dresser for many years. He retired from the Parks Department with the City of Marion. Ben was a member of the VFW Post 4329 of Galion and American Legion Scarbrough Post 243 of Galion. He reconnected several years ago with his former Vietnam Army Unit, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry, Charlie Company, 199th Light Infantry Brigade, Old Guard Vietnam. Ben enjoyed fishing and classic cars.

Ben is survived by daughter Kari (Sam Sorrenti) Gledhill of Galion; son Adam (Regina) Estep of Mansfield; five grandchildren Lindsey and Jason Gledhill, Wyatt, Samuel and Logan Estep; mother of his children Judy Estep of Galion; two sisters Ann (Red) Williams of Bucyrus and Eva (Jeff) Harden of Salisbury, North Carolina and brother Martin Estep of Galion.

He is preceded in death by his parents, granddaughter Lauren Ashley Gledhill; two brothers Jimmy and Floyd Estep and two sisters Joan Marie Estep and Allie Kay Estep.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, March 12, 2018 at Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes, 218 South Market St., Galion, Ohio 44833 where services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 13 with Rev. Paul Walter officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

Full military honors will be conducted by the United Sates Army and the Galion Crestline Veterans Military Funeral Detail.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ronald McDonald House in care of the funeral home.

Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes in Galion is honored to serve the family of Ben Estep, and condolences may be made to them at

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  • Prayers will be with the family in this tough time. Love you all.
    Bonnie and Madelyn Smith

  • Adam and Marty,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family.

    Rod Swingle

  • Please accept our sincere condolences! Ben was a great guy, and coworker. He will be missed by all who new him. Earl Gilkison and judy

  • Good bye my friend; now you are at peace. We will always remember you in our hearts, minds, and prayers.

  • Marty,
    I’m so sorry for your thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Rest in Peace my friend , you were a good friend of mine growing up am gonna miss you my friend !

  • Our prayers are sent to the family. I can only think that Ben, Jim and Bob are together again.

  • It is always heartbreaking to hear of a classmate’s passing. We extend our deepest sympathy to Ben’s family in prayer.

    God be with you,
    Tom and Karen (Smith) Furrey
    1968 Class of Northmor High School

  • Thoughts love and prayers to the family Ben was great man, Thank you Ben for your service May you RIP. Barbara Ann

  • We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our hearts and prayers.

  • Marty,
    Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with you and your family! We are so very sorry for your loss.

  • I am so very sorry for your loss.I can remember when we were all just kid’s and we lived across the street from the Estep family.I think we were always together playing and getting into mischief.My mother Hellen Simon and Dixie were great friend’s.I have wonderful and fond memories of our growing up years.How sad that we had drifted apart over the years.It’s so nice to reconnect with some of the members of the family.My prayers are with the family GOD Bless you all Love Josephine (Simon) Tibbits

  • We miss the old days. Our condolences to all of you. Ben was a great guy. The video is so nice. RIP, Ben.

  • Marty, and to the rest of Ben’s family, I’m so sorry for your loss, it breaks my heart to hear the news, it has been an honor to know him, since I was a baby. I know he’s living well now up above watching over all of you.

  • Judy & family, I am so sorry for your loss.
    I remember taking the kids to Sunday School when they were small.
    It doesn’t seem possible it was all those years ago.
    God bless all of you & give you peace now and the days ahead.

  • So sorry to hear about Ben. He was a good worker and would help you out anytime you needed help. He was the kind of person Galion Iron Works needed more of. So long my friend – Joe Cozad.