Benn Eyster

November 22, 1920 ‒ November 17, 2017

Bellville, Ohio

BELLVILLE: Benn Eyster passed away peacefully Friday morning, November 17, 2017 in Ohio Health Mansfield Hospital. He was 96.

Benn was born November 22, 1920, in Ankenytown, Ohio to parents Eli and Charlotte (Shipley) Eyster. After graduation in 1938 from Fredericktown High School, where he served as Class President all four years, he joined his brothers in serving his country by enlisting in the US Army during WWII. His parents were proud to display five stars in their window (one for each of their sons).

A young lady named Ninabel Burkholder caught his eye and the pair soon married on February 28, 1940. As life-long Bellville residents they spent the next 54 years raising their four boys in the Clear Fork Valley. Benn worked at Tappan for many years until retirement, after which he could be found out on the pontoon boat with his family.

A sports fan, Benn enjoyed watching the Browns, Indians and Ohio State Football. He was an avid euchre and poker player who enjoyed fishing and shooting clay pigeons. He was also a member of the Masons.

Benn is survived by children Gordon W. (Tina) Eyster and Kevin I. (Vivian) Eyster; daughter-in-law Rayna Eyster; grandchildren Tamara (Alex), Travis (Shannon), Gordon Matthew (Kate), Blake, Kayla, Tyler, Linda (Jack) and Cindy (Jeff); numerous great grandchildren and extended family.

In addition to his parents, Benn was preceded in death by his loving wife Ninabel Eyster; sons Darryl B. Eyster and Erryl L. Eyster; grandchildren Jana and Kara; and all nine of his siblings.

His family will receive friends Monday, November 20, 2017 from 1-3 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home, 81 Mill Road. A graveside service with military honors will follow calling hours in Bellville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Benn’s memory to Bellville American Legion Post #535 may be made through the funeral home (Benn would have probably wanted to donate to a local euchre game that he would try to win).

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Benn’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at

And as Benn would have said, “See you in Bellville!”

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  • So sorry to hear of Benn’s passing. We enjoyed visiting him when he was enjoying a nice day on his porch mostly talking about the ‘goings on’ in Bellville. Deepest condolences from our family to yours. He was a pleasure to talk with and always had a great smile for us! We are keeping all of you in our prayers.

  • While using the Google search engine for my Sunday School homework, I came across your love ones orbituary. My prayers go out to your family. He looks like he was a really special person.Hold those special memories in your heart and thank God that you have them.
    God bless!

  • My condolences to the family.. Benn and I were State Farm agents in the office on Lexington Ave., way back in the 60s.

    I always enjoyed working with him. I missed him when I left the company.

  • Kevin so sorry to hear of your fathers passing and know that you and your family are in our prayers.

  • Our heartfelt condolences to Kevin and all of the Eyster family. We are very sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Dear Kevin and Family,

    May God be with you in comfort and peace during this time of deep sorrow. With deepest sympathy.

  • May God comfort all of you in the loss of your dear father. It sounds like he had a very long and satisfying life among people he loved well.

  • Bob and I share in your grief, and send our deepest wishes for peace and comfort to you and your family, Kevin. This is a lovely obituary, with sweet touches of gentle humor.

  • Dear Kevin,

    Please accept my deepest condolences upon your fathers passing.
    May our Divine Father give you comfort in memories of your father, and give you strength through this difficult time. I am sorry.
    May your father Rest in Peace.

  • Nancy and I send our condolences. I enjoyed reading about his life. Celebrate a life well lived.

    M A Grandillo

  • Dear Kevin and family,
    It was with a twinkle in your eye when you spoke about your dad. I could feel the warmth and pride you felt for him still being quite independent, playing cards, and getting about with a friend who drove him. He seemed successful in remaining his essential self throughout his lifetime.
    May loving memories offer some comfort and his legacy shine within you as you move forward.
    Sending deep sympathy your way,
    Margie Checkoway

  • Dear Kevin and family,
    My thoughts are with you. I had to smile broadly when I saw your father’s photo. You look just like him… and it sounds like you two were birds of a feather. Maybe we should start a Euchre team in his honor and create an emergency fund for students in his name, or save up for a pontoon party.
    May you spend many moments remembering wonderful stories about him.

  • Kevin & Vivian,

    Regina and I are so sorry to hear about Benn’s passing. Benn and Ninabelle’s home was always fun to be in and I am thankful that your family allowed me to spend the countless hours there. Benn was a great guy. I liked that he called me “Jones” and not by my first name.

    Our condolences.