Duane B. “Ben” Nugent

February 15, 1950 ‒ February 05, 2021

Columbus, Ohio
Formerly of Mount Vernon, Ohio

Duane B. “Ben” Nugent II, 70, of Columbus formerly of Mount Vernon
passed away on Friday evening, February 5, 2021 at the Kobacker House in
Columbus following a courageous battle with COPD and declining health He was born on February 15, 1950 to Juanita F. (Sheldon) and the late Duane B. Nugent.

Ben was a driving instructor for over 40 years. He was an avid of the Ohio
State Buckeyes and graduated from Ohio State University in 1976. Ben was the owner of a van conversion business and helped many individuals with disabilities.

Ben is survived by his devoted wife, Barbara A. (Lower) Nugent; his mother,
Juanita; sister,  Lynn (Kenny) Carrick; brother, Kenny (Kelly) Nugent; niece, Kelsey Cohen; nephew, Kyle Nugent; and many cousins and friends.

The family will have a memorial service celebrating the life of Ben at 1:00 P.M. on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at the Flowers Snyder Funeral Home, 619 East High St., Mount Vernon.

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  • It is with great sorrow that I learned of Ben’s passing. Ben and I grew up in the same neighborhood on the east side and I remember sled riding down the hill and playing in the stream that ran past his home. To all of his family, know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during his transition to the other side. May he rest in peace.

  • Ben was in Sunday school with me at St. Paul’s. We got in trouble together since we were small. We were friends through High School and into college. He loved sports (played defensive back) and drove all the way to Florida when I was married. We lost track of each other in the years following. I am sad to learn of his death but impressed to learn of his work in life. May God raise him with all the faithful.

  • Ben generously shared his wealth of knowledge with me as he was transitioning into retirement from training bioptic drivers. I appreciated his years of experience, his endearing saltiness, and his passion for helping people become independent.
    Ben, you will be missed.

  • I was in the car with Ben on the drive to Florida for Jud and Sandy’s wedding. Three of us in a VW Beetle for 18 hours from Columbus to Daytona. Ben was also my roommate for a year in Columbus. He worked nights, slept days, and had dinner with his girlfriend before going to work. I was a first-year teacher, so we generally saw each other on weekends. I spent many hours at their apartment after they married, watching OSU football games, including the night Woody Hayes blew his cool on an opposing player and lost his job. Ben was always a good friend to me.

  • I was very sorry to read of Benny’s passing. ( I know he went by Duane but I always knew him as Benny) My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Rest in peace.

  • I have so many great memories of visiting Ohio as a kid, and many of them involved racing down the alley and up the hill to go from Grandma’s to the Nugent’s where there was always something going on. Betsie and I lost Philip too soon a few years ago, so sending heartfelt condolences to Lynn and Kenny and Juanita.