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“So sorry, prayers to all of you. ”
1 of 14 | Posted by: Todd Major - Elkhart, IA - Friend

“Benjamin family,Ron has been my children's bus driver since my oldest started kindergarten 8 years ago, and on every first day of school I would hope...Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: Twedts - Polk City, IA

“Laura,Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I was so sorry to hear about Ron. You have my deepest sympathies. ”
3 of 14 | Posted by: Lisa Horton - Ankeny, IA

“Verlyn and I extend our sympathy to Laura and the Family. We will miss Ron as we consider him a special friend. The Benjamins and Norings spent...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: Louise Noring - Friend

“I remember the time I put dad's truck in the ditch and wiped out his mail box. It was a blizzard evening and your dad and mom gave me shelter until...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: Wendy Turner - Ankeny, IA

“So sorry for your loss. If you guys need anything please let me know. ”
6 of 14 | Posted by: Janet Batcheller - Madrid, IA

“Lolly, sorry to hear of Ron's passing, please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and the Family. ”
7 of 14 | Posted by: Sherri Nixon/Benjamin - AZ

“Dear Lolly, Laron, Russell, Lori and LeAnna, Wanted to let you know that you and your families are in my thoughts, and most of all, my prayers. I...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: Pam Wright - Rapid City, SD

“Lolly and family, I am very sad and so sorry for your loss, know that Mort and I have you in our thoughts and prayers. May Ronnie rest in paradise...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: Mary Jo Kent (Benjamin) - AZ

“I have many fond memories of Ron during our high school days. Prayers for Laura and family. It was good to see Ron and Laura last month at the 1956...Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: Fred Stemler - Des Moines, IA

“Russell and Lisa, I s nod you my deepest condolences. You are both in my thoughts and prayers. ”
11 of 14 | Posted by: Sheri Abarr - Melbourne, FL

“Lolly, My heart goes out to you and the rest of the family who will surely miss Ron greatly. I am thinking of you and sending strength your way in...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: Jill Horner - Tampa, FL - Friend

“My husband, John, and I went to school with Ron. Ron and John were best friends for long time. Rode horses, baled hay, worked on cars, got into...Read More »
13 of 14 | Posted by: karen wittenbeck - wildwood, FL

“So sorry to hear about Ron. As Laron's friend, he was always very kind whenever I was at the farm. He was a special guy who will be missed by all...Read More »
14 of 14 | Posted by: Kelly Neiber - Charlotte, NC


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Ronald Benjamin, 79, of Ankeny passed away July 19, 2017.
Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at Ankeny First United Methodist Church (206 S.W. Walnut). A visitation will be held 5 – 7:00 p.m., Monday, July 24th at Ankeny Memorial Funeral Home (4208 N Ankeny Blvd).
Ron was born in Des Moines, Iowa January 9, 1938. He grew up in Ankeny and graduated from Ankeny High School. In September of 1962, he married Laura Brugioni. They made their home in rural Ankeny where they farmed and raised 4 children.
Ron farmed his whole life, but also held a full time job with the Des Moines Register and Tribune, and later, John Deere. Farming was his passion in life.
In addition to farming, he enjoyed gardening, camping and fishing, riding horses, motorcycles, snowmobiles, boating, and driving his old cars. He restored several old cars himself, and also helped out on a few for family and friends.
Ronald is survived by his wife of 54 years, Laura; 4 children, LaRon and (Ron) Garlock, Russell (Lisa) Benjamin, Lori (Clel) Herr, and LeAnna (Doug) Hoyt; 10 grandchildren, James and Ben Garlock, Jessica (Blake) Mikesell, John Benjamin, Joe and Annie Herr, Kody (Kaitlyn) Kokemiller, Blaine and Brody Hoyt, and Kaylinn (Tyson) Smith; 3 great-grandchildren, Ellie Mikesell, Brooks Kokemiller, and River Smith.
He was preceded in death by his parents Russell and Maxine Benjamin, and a brother Robert.