Benjamin Todd Studer

May 05, 1989 ‒ March 02, 2019

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. (Psalm 23: 4).

Ben Studer only offered unconditional love.  He was not envious, greedy, selfish or jealous.  Even in the midst of physical discomfort, he in return comforted others.  Living with cerebral palsy, Ben’s life was full of valleys and challenges, but he was not alone or in fear.  Even in those valleys, his beautiful spirit would shine brightly.   No longer bound by his earthly tent, Benjamin Todd Studer, 29, of Mansfield passed away at home, Saturday evening, March 2, 2019.

The son of Todd and Pam (Grau) Studer, Ben was born May 5, 1989 and graduated from Crestview High School in 2011.

Ben had a way of attracting people.  He was loving and happy, and his smile was contagious.   Ben was a worker, and his sanctuary was the family farm.  He’d spend many Saturday mornings managing the guys as they cut and split wood and performed other tasks.  He loved riding on the 4-wheeler.  Each week Ben looked forward to visiting Raemelton Farm, where he worked and cared for the horses.  One of his favorite horses was Gabe.

Ben was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church.

He  is survived by his parents Todd (Pam) Studer of Mansfield; brother Reid Studer of Mansfield; paternal grandparents Dave (Sally) Studer of Shelby; paternal great grandmother Eileen Studer of Shelby; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, special friends Emanuel and Rob, as well as his loving Pomeranian-Rowdy.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, March 6, 2019 from 4-8pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Thursday at 11 am.  The Very Rev. Father Gregory Hite will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Raemelton Therapeutic Equestrian Center may be made through the funeral home.

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  • Ben,
    We love you to the moon and back. I will miss everything about you from your conversations and phone calls and sense of humor. Lukie says you were a great friend. Uncle Gregg loved you so much as did Al, me your Aunt Lou, Adam and Sylvia and Mason and baby Macie and all our dogs.
    You were a good friend to dogs and horses. You had a lot of people who loved you – your parents worked hard to make your life happy in a wonderful family with your brother Reid. I am always going to be thinking about your great laugh, your love of movies like Sandlot and RV. And your love of all Your mom’s cooking and baking.
    Lukie says “You were the bestest friend you could ever have.”
    You loved adventures on your 4-wheeler and loved having people over to your house where you treated everyone so special.
    I don’t like it that you’re gone but I know you will be watching over all of us in heaven. Maybe there will be bus trips to Pidgeon Forge like you and your dad had on the big bus and your mom’s wonderful chocolate cake for you and Grandma Emma.
    We all are better people for knowing you and you loving us. We all are counting on being with you again someday, Love, Aunt Lou

    • A beautiful tribute to an incredible young man. So very sorry your family has lost a wonderful son, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend. 😇❤️

  • He will forever be missed by many especially me. I used to work at the dayhab and he always had a smile on his face. Love ya Ben!! Fly high with the Angel’s. Your pain free now, lll see you again one day. Love ya buddy 💗

  • Ben, thank you for showing my dad the unconditional love of a friend. I will never forget his stories about you from dayhab and how he would laugh just thinking about you singing on the bus as he drove. Your happiness was a light for everyone around you. I was blessed to know you even a little, as was everyone else. Thank you for touching my dad’s life more than you ever knew.

  • Pam, Todd and Family,
    Words can’t express how deeply sorry I am to hear about your loss. Work will not be the same without Ben’s infectious smile and laugh. He brought so much happiness, joy and light to the farm and everyone around him. We would banter back and forth on the days he would just stop by to hang out in the sunshine and see the horses. Ben was beyond kind and generous and I was blessed to have known Ben. Sending love and prayers.

  • Pam, Todd and Reid,
    Sincere condolences. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Pam Todd and family,
    We can’t begin to imagine the loss you are feeling. But know that we love you and pray God’s loving arms embrace you and comfort you during this time. Ben was so special to all of us. From the moment he was born at barely 1 pound, to the day he left us to go to heaven, he made sure we all knew he loved us too. He had the sweetest smile. And the most infectious laugh. He could light up a room. No more wheel chair, no more pain. Run free in Heaven Ben. God Bless.
    Aunt Kim & Uncle Curt

  • Dear Todd, Pam and Reid,
    I met Ben when he was a little guy in elementary school, and tried to keep up with his life as he grew. I enjoyed seeing him at church. I know how much he loved his brother and I remember him being excited when Reid was born! I remember looking up one day not too long ago as I was driving on Lex Av and he was riding in a vehicle with his group, heading somewhere! I remember his big smile! My heart goes out to all family members and friends who knew him and will miss him. He definitely made the world a better place.

  • May the wonderful memories of the time spent with Benjamin, bring you comfort, during this difficult time.
    ~Paul & Heather Zimmerman

  • Ben was one of the first kiddos I ever worked with out of college. He was such a sweet little boy. I again had the opportunity to work with him in HS and he was still the sweetest young man. I live very close to his family and enjoyed seeing him riding around his yard on his 4 wheeler frequently. I am praying for his family. I have missed talking to his mother in the past many years. May Ben Rest In Peace.

  • Pam, Todd, and Reid,

    We will always have fond memories of our buddy Ben! Ben was our example of how God shows us great love in the midst of great struggle. We watched in awe of how your family demonstrated love, patience, compassion, and strength in your care for Ben and we watched as Ben repaid you in his smile, love, and youthful exuberance for life. The hugs (quite possibly the strongest we and our kids have ever received), his joy in riding the bus or lawn mower, the bursts of excitement, the stories, but our greatest memories will always be not only of Ben’s smile, but of the smile he brought to our faces and everyone he met. We are grateful to have been your neighbors and to have a friend like Ben!

    You are in our prayers.
    Brad, Cindy, Nick, Abby, Nathan, and Anna Rall

  • So sorry about your loss.No words are ever enough but thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Dear Pam and family,
    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. May God wrap you in His loving arms.

    • Been was like my vever own son But he was a good kid and only I’ll Miss will be his love to everyone his family and his friends and I’ll miss him for the Long as though my lifetime

  • My condolences to everyone who knew and loved Ben. Truly to know him was to love him. I only knew him briefly through my son who worked with him in his home, but he made a lasting impression. To Todd and Pam I say, well done! I can’t imagine the loss you are feeling right now and I selfishly hope I never have to, but I know what it feels like to love a child with every essence of your being and the mere thought of having to go through what you are doing right now hurts me to my soul. I know he is walking with Jesus and that is a consolation to smile about. Thank you for sharing him with so many people and I pray God guides you all through your time of sorrow.

  • Dear Todd & Pam…I happened to see this announcement of Ben’s passing, and I just wanted to offer my deepest, most heartfelt condolences on your loss.

  • We are so sorry for your loss. It’s been years since he & Julie rode Terry Perry’s bus but we all remember Ben and his smile and how much he liked to laugh. Praying for you and your family.

  • Dear Todd, Pam, and family,
    I always enjoyed seeing Ben with your family, in high school, and in his home. He and Emanuel were quite a team, they were so enjoyable to be around and interact with. God blessed Ben with such a tender heart and smile that was so beautiful to see. His close relationship with and reliance on his family and others at times for comfort was an example of our relationship with our heavenly father as we rely on our sovereign creator for all things in life. Ben was such a blessing.

    “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort . . . For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ.”. 2 Corinthians 1:3-5

  • Ben had such a light, happy heart. He loved experiencing new things and you guys did such a wonderful job of allowing him to do that. He had the light and you always encouraged him to let it shine. Run the fields of Heaven Ben, you’ve waited a long time for it💖

  • Pam, Todd & family: May the peace of our Lord, which passes all understanding, be with you during this difficult time. Prayers.

  • Todd and Pam, I can’t tell you enough how sorry I am to see that Ben has passed. I was shocked when I opened the paper. I am out of town and can’t get back in time for the service, but please know that I will keep you all in my prayers. I’m a better person for having known Ben. He was a very special guy!

  • Pam, Todd and family
    Words cannot express the feelings for your loss of Ben at this time. Ben was a great guy always smiling and laughing. I had many great days working with Ben as well as going places and doing activities with him. The most fun days that stands out the most is his days when we got to listen to his music very loudly. He is an angel now and in great hands. God bless

  • Dear Pam and Family,
    I am so sorry to hear about Ben. So many were blessed by him and he was so blessed to have such a great family and loving mother who provided such a full life for him. Prayers for comfort and peace during this very difficult time.

  • It has been years since I have seen Ben, but I will always remember the fun times we had swimming when our younger siblings would have play dates. He would always put a smile on my face, and is doing so even now as I write this. Sending all of my love and prayers to you all during this time.

  • Pam and Todd,
    I’m sorry to hear about Ben. Ben was full of joy and laughter. May your memories give you peace during this time.

  • Todd I am so sorry for your loss. I know there are no words to express the loss and hurt you guys are feeling. We are praying for comfort and peace in your time of loss.

  • Todd, Pam and family,
    Our heartfelt condolences to you and yours at this time of loss. We are so blessed to have known Ben. I always enjoyed listening to his stories and how excited he would get about them. I am happy that Ben and Ricky were friends. He truly was a bright and shining light in this world. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you. God Bless your hearts. Fly high Ben!
    With love,
    Mary, Rick and Ricky Jerels

  • Dear Pam and family, I am so sorry to learn of the loss of your beloved son, Ben. I remember back to your first days in nursing school where you shared Ben’s story with us. He was your inspiration.
    May our Father in heaven provide you with strength and surround you with His love to help you through these days. You will be in my prayers. Love, Susan Leach

  • I was so very very sorry to learn of your loss. He was a very special soul! Your whole is in my prayers. I’m sure cousin Clayton, along with so many more, is welcoming him to heaven with open arms.

  • Dear Todd, Pam and Family,
    We were very sorry to read about Ben’s passing. You are in our prayers. May God comfort you.
    In deepest sympathy.
    Shirley and Chuck Russell

  • Pam, I just saw that Ben passed away on facebook. I am very saddened to hear. Prayers to you and your family. What an impact he had on all the lives he touched.

  • Pam, Todd and Reid,
    Condolences and prayers at this most difficult time. Hugs from my heart to yours

  • Thank you Ben for making me feel so welcome when I started at the dayhab, your smile and laugh touched me daily and the bond that was formed with you and my granddaughter Gretchen will always be in my heart, she loved you as I know you did her, you became fast friends over you love for horses, she told me everything will be ok because now you can ride horses in heaven with no one helping you, you will always be such an inspiration to all of us that love you… high friend and love to your family

  • Good and Pam Ben was Life he always will be missed by all of us and we all know Been was funny and careing for others who loved him is the most important thing about Been he was my friend and my my very own I loved him so much that he will always be in our Hearts and he treated people love and careing and showd us how to say Thank you and when I always burp he asked me what I say and and he will be remembered by who he was peaceful and happy where he is at now is with our Lord and savior Jesus Christ and my parents and my family who is above and beyond he will be with my mom and Stepdad and my biological father and we will see him some day when we go to the holy Land and we will see him when it’s our time is when the Lord will take us home with him

  • Pam I am so sorry for your loss. Watching the video of Bens life showed a very happy life. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.🙏

  • Todd and family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. What a tramendous loving family Ben experienced.
    Your friends at Highland Schools

  • Dear Pam, Todd, and Reid,
    I just learned of Ben’s passing and I am heartbroken for you. I’m so very sorry I was out of town and missed his services. Ben’s smile, happiness, kindness, and love for others made him stand out above his peers. He was always an absolute joy to me! I am extremely honored to have been in one of Ben’s memorial video pictures. Thank you for that honor. Ben was an amazing man who had a very positive influence on those with whom he interacted. My sincere condolences to you and your extended family.
    Rest in Peace Ben. Thanks for sharing your love and kindness with me!
    Sandy Nye

  • I was so sad to hear the news of Ben’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. although it has been many years, I clearly remember that sweet little boy with the wonderful smile. Ben was a wonderful person who will always be remembered. I’m so glad I had the good luck to meet him and you. May your memories be a comfort to you now.
    Jeanette Fike