Jon Benjamin “Ben” Sippel

March 12, 1980 ‒ July 19, 2020

Mount Gilead, Ohio

On Sunday, July 19, 2020, Ben Sippel, passionate farmer, loving husband, and devoted father passed away at the age of 40 after a long battle with cancer.

Ben was born on March 12, 1980.  He attended Columbus Academy and received bachelor’s degrees in Environmental Studies and Geography from Ohio Wesleyan University.

At the age of 23 he married his wife Lisa and just months later purchased his 77 acre farm in Morrow County, a remarkable endeavor for someone so young.  The farm was his dream because he wanted to farm to make a better world, not only for himself and his family, but for everyone. He believed deeply in social justice and worked every day to feed the stomachs and the souls of everyone he touched. It was hard, it was a risk, and it was exhausting.  Even after a devastating Cancer diagnosis at 34 years of age, Ben persevered. Through many treatments, successes and setbacks, Ben bounced back to tend to the farm and his family. Together with Lisa, Ben raised two beautiful, smart, and resilient children, Charlie (13) and Miriam (8), who shares his birthday.  His beloved Australian Shepherd, Hawkeye, is lost without his person.

Ben is survived by his Wife, Lisa, his 2 children, Charlie and Miriam, his Mother and Father, Alan and Suzanne Sippel (Worthington), his brother Chris (Findlay) wife Tomoko, and nephew and niece,  Kai and Mia Sippel, as well as an extended family of in-laws, and a multitude of friends grateful for having known him.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Ben’s family, and your special memories or condolences may be shared with them by visiting

  • “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:4

    I did not have the honor of knowing Ben personally, but I have heard wonderful and uplifting things from some who did. I am so sorry for your loss. What a fitting way to honor his memory by continuing his love of farming. I pray the Lord sends you comfort, peace and guidance in the coming days, weeks and years.

  • Lisa,Charlie, and Miriam. My heart is heavy but Ben is free from pain and worry. May you find courage and strength to complete bens dream. God bless you your neighbor Joan jagger

  • Dear Sippel family,

    We are so very saddened for you all.

    We consider it a great blessing to have gotten to know Ben as we chatted over produce, cheese, and and lamb chops! We always started with Ben at the Clintonville market, and had a long chat. His passion for food and farming inspired us to become much more sustainable and local in our food choices.

    We loved hearing about Charlie and Miriam as they grew. Ben’s love and joy was so evident when he spoke of his family, and your work together on the farm.

    We send our love to your family and pray that you will be consoled in your grief.

    Deb and Gary Stevens

  • We are truly saddened to hear bout the loss of Ben. Our hearts go out to Alan, Suzanne, Lisa and all the family. Make your garden grow. Jon Cook and Eric Boardsen.

  • Our love and deepest sympathy to the Sippel family. Ben’s generous heart will long be remembered and live on through his family.

  • The Fell family extends our sympathy for your loss. We pray that God’s grace will sustain you.

  • Dear Sippel Family –
    You are in our thoughts and prayers and we surround you all in love and light.

    The Orcena Family

  • Dear Suzanne and Alan, I am so very sorry at the death of your son, Ben. I was so saddened for the death of such a young man with a beautiful young family. I know this is a very painful time for all your family and you have my deepest condolences.

    Dee Titus

  • Dear Alan and Suzanne,
    We are SO SORRY to hear of your son’s passing
    Our prayer is that you will feel God’s peace and comfort in the days ahead. With deepest sympathy, Mark and Pat Murphy

  • Dear Family,

    While I did not know Ben, I do know his father, Alan, through his wonderful friendship during my ministry. As a parent, I have no words. Please know that my heart is with your family as you walk through this valley of grief, even though you know that Ben is healed and whole. God promises that there will be joy in the morning. I pray His Grace and His Presence are with you now, and that you will sense He is with you in the days ahead.

    Pastor Judy Cramer

  • Dear Sippel Family,

    My prayers are with you all as your mourn Ben’s passing and celebrate his beautiful life.
    May you feel the prayers being lifted up for you all and know the comfort of God’s ever present love.

    Donnetta Peaks

  • Alan and Suzanne,
    It is not supposed to work this way. Children mourn their parents, not the other way ‘round. Please know that your loss disturbs our hearts.
    Ron and Jane Payne

  • It is with deep felt sorrow that we share words of comfort. We will hold both you and your family in our prayers. We too lost our son at an early age. It’s not supposed to be this way but with God at your side you will find strength to move faithfully forward. God bless you all. Vançe and Leslie Summers

  • Dear Alan andSuzanne, my heart goes out to you. I can only imagine the pain and grief you are experiencing. This isn’t how it should be, our children dying before we do. May God give you strength and courage to work through these days. I did not know your son, Alan , but he seems to resemble you and sounds like,as parents, helped him to grow into a man who loved his neighbors. I will be praying for his wife and children as well as you both. Jean Schafer

  • Dear Alan and Suzanne,
    With deepest sympathies to you both and your family.
    Treasure all your beautiful memories,
    Liz Thornton

  • Lisa, parents, I’m deeply saddened by learning of Ben’s death. Loss of a young man, father, companion to his dog, husband to his wife, is unacceptable and the grief unknowable. Keep his memory with love.

  • Oh, Suzanne and Alan, I am so very sorry to learn of the passing of your son. What a beautiful being — always making the world better for others. Did I know him personally? No, but I benefited from his lifetime’s work of organic farming and so much more. Suzanne, please receive my virtual hug and know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Along with Lisa, Ben profoundly shaped my experiences living in Ohio. At your home and farm, I experienced the simple joy of good food shared with dear friends.

    I’m sorry beyond words about Ben’s passing.

  • Lisa, Miriam, and Charlie,

    Losing your husband and Daddy has changed your life forever, but you will have the memories that he shared with you and it is those memories you will hold onto the rest of your lives. Ben’s spirit will always surround you and your Daddy will always be looking after you. Do not be afraid to grieve and cry-is the way you relieve your pain and release the emotions of losing someone so close to you. With warm thoughts on a most difficult change in all of your lives…Mary Joyce, Joshua, Mary, Chuck

  • Dear Alan and Suzanne,

    Having one of our sons predecease us, we know your pain at losing Ben. With you, we trust that “underneath are the everlasting arms” of our loving Lord!

  • I am shocked to hear of Ben’s passing and almost at a loss for words. Ben and I worked closely together while he was at Ohio Wesleyan University. His inspiration , enthusiasm and work ethic was inspiring to me and daily Ben reminded me of why I chose teaching Geography and Environmental Studies as a career. After his graduation from OWU I was amazed that he could do so much in so short a time in buying a farm and setting up his food coop. He did so much in such a short period of time to make his community a better place to live. Over the years I have thought of Ben frequently – he was the kind of person who you take to heart and savor the memories of being together. His loss is devastating to me.

    My sincere condolences to Ben’s family and his parents. He will be in my thoughts for the remainder of my days.

    Best wishes in this troubling time.

  • So sorry for your loss. My wife and I participated in the Sippel CSA years ago and I always loved talking with Ben and Lisa. He was truly a sensitive and thoughtful soul. My prayers are with you all.

  • Ben was a joy with chat to every week at the Clintonville Market, and in the past during our weekly vegetable pickups at North Broadway and the Market. We loved to visit the farm and to learn again about life in the country. Lisa, Charlie and Miriam: we are sorry for your loss, and we hope that your heavy hearts are filled with joyful memories.

  • My husband Merlyn and I were so sad to learn of Ben’s death today. I so remember him and all of you as we graced Oakwood Schools, fields, classrooms and streets. It was good to read of his calling to farming and serving. Please know that we send our heartfelt sympathy to you all at this time and to his family that we never meant.

  • Dear Lisa, I’m so sorry to hear of Ben’s passing. You two had such love and joy even when times were so hard. Your support and caring for Ben knew no bounds. All the while the two of you were growing crops and raising two wonderful children. I admire your strength and know it will see you through this time of deep mourning. Ben, you were a special person that will be missed.

  • Lisa & Family…

    We were so very saddened to hear of Ben’s death this week. It was our privilege to assist in his care at Martha Morehouse Tower Lab, and Ben was always considered a part of our “Morehouse Family”. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you and all of Ben’s family in your time of grief. May God comfort you, as only HE can.

    Marla, Debbie, Lyndi & Natalie
    Martha Morehouse Tower Lab RNs

  • Rev Sippell and Lisa I am so saddened to hear of the passing of Ben. My prayers and thoughts are with you. As a teacher at Creative Play Center for over 35 years I know Alan and Lisa from their time at the Center and Alan’s ministry as pastor. Take care and may God give you peace and strength during this very sad time. Diana Rowley

  • Dear Sippel Family,

    We are deeply saddened to hear of Ben’s passing. We will keep you in our prayers.

    Becky Princehorn & Clay Cormany

  • I always looked forward to seeing Ben’s smiling face at the Clintonville Farmers Market. We will miss him, but look forward to remembering him when eating some of his delicious cheese. – Julie Sharp

  • Alan and Suzanne,

    We are so sorry to hear about Ben’s passing. Our prayers go out to you and his family.

    Linda and Bill Wright

  • Lisa, you and Ben fed us, you sustained us. You and Ben did the good work together, You brought life forward. Our hearts ache for your enormous loss, but the ways he made his corner of the world better, they are lasting. Love to you and Charlie and Miriam.

    Janet and Andy ID

  • Dear Lisa, Charlie and Miriam- I know you all through the wonderful stories your Mother and Grandmother, Roxanne, has shared. I know that Ben was a wonderful man by every measure, and that your loss is devastating. I wish you peace and comfort in each other now and joy as you remember Ben. My heartfelt condolences- Lisa Norsen

  • Ben did touch a lot of people and affected them in a good way. I am remembering the wedding and then later visiting the farm, walking through the young orchard to call the cows in. Just a couple moments in a tremendous and industrious life, happily shared.

  • Dear Alan and Suzanne, Lisa, Charlie and Miriam and Chris,

    My heart is so heavy with grief for you . What a wonderful man; what a spirit he brought to the farmer’s market and to all who were in his presence. I was not aware of his illness; and am so sad to hear of his suffering and his life on this plain cut short. What gift he was to the movement and ministry of sustainable, community agriculture, as well as being a vessel of love to all of you and all his beloved creatures.

    I will remember him. I will remember you.

  • What a beautiful and faithful life Ben lived. I’m holding your family in my heart and prayers. God is with you dear ones.

    Genesis 2:15: The Lord God took the human and settled him in the garden of Eden to farm it and to take care of it. (CEB)

  • Dear Sippel Family,

    I was saddened to learn of your loss today. I pray you can feel the arms wrapped about you at this time and the love of your community of believers. I find peace knowing that God is and will always be with you.

  • Dear Rev. Sippel and Suzanne,
    I will always remember Ben taking over the one time as minister for the church youth group one Sunday. He addressed the congregation with such confidence for a young man, much like his dad.
    Ben had such high dreams which he and his wife were successfully fulfilling to make this world a better place! His goals were cut short.
    The loss of a young person always is the hardest to understand.
    My heart goes to you both, his wife and children and to his brother and wife and their children.
    You all are in my prayers with the hope that all of the happy memories of Ben as a young man and as a dad and father will help ease the pain as you go through this loss. Karen Arnold

  • Alan, Suzanne, and the Sipple family, we are so sorry to hear of your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Dear Alan and Suzanne,
    I am so, so sorry to hear of your loss. There are no words to adequately express my feelings, but please know that you are in my heart, my thoughts, and my prayers at this time of such deep sorrow.
    Deb Haller

  • Blessing on the Sippel family in their time of grief. May their extended family and friends be a source of strength during this difficult time.

  • Dear Sippel and Baldwin Family,

    All of my love and strength go out to you in this sad time.

    Ben was my farming mentor and dear friend. He was one of the smartest, kindest and generous people I will ever know.

    He will be missed by many.

    Rest in Peace, Ben.

  • Dear Alan & Suzanne, We are so sorry to hear of Ben’s passing. Our deepest sympathy is with you and the family. We will keep you in our prayers.

  • Lisa,

    I have been following Ben’s progress this last year and I’m so sorry to hear of his passing.

    I was surprised to hear that we shared a birthday (with Miriam as well). I will now always remember him on March 12th.

    Hugs to everyone, including Hawkeye.

    Eileen Petrillo (neighbor of Roxanne Richardson)

  • Words will not wipe away your tears and hugs may not ease the pain but hold on to your memories because forever they will remain.

  • Dear Alan and Suzanne,

    Please accept our sympathy on the loss of your son, Ben. I cannot imagine what you are going through at this time. Our prayers are with you as you grieve day by day. Alan, I will always appreciate the words you spoke at my brothers funeral. They were very helpful as I know your faith will give you comfort and strength.


    Gary and Barb Boucher

  • Dear Alan, Suzanne, Christopher, Lisa, Charlie, Miriam:

    I’m sorry that I’m delayed in sending sympathies, but I just found out today from my brother, Ed through Pat Stumpf . Faith church (formerly St. Paul) added you onto their prayer list. I’ll have my church, Grace Methodist in Venice, Florida add u as well. My dear cousins, I’m so sorry of your loss and at such an early age. I’m sure Uncle Carl and the rest of the Sippel clan will take good care of him in Heaven. May God bless u and keep you. Hopefully, someday will all see each other again in Ohio. Love, Paula (Sippel) Wellbeloved and our family

  • Dear Alan,, Suzanne, & family,

    We are deeply saddened by your loss. Although many miles separate out families and friends, they are praying for all of you. Stay strong and God Bless all of you.

    Your cousins, Sam & Ellen Sippel