November 22, 1920 ‒ November 17, 2017
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 SnyderFuneralHomes.com
And as Benn would have said, “See you in Bellville!”
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