Benjamin Lee Place was born March 27, 1977, in the Charleston Naval Hospital in Charleston, S.C.
Ben spent his young years going to Hunley Park Elementary School. In College Park Middle school he learned to play the snare drum. And the beat goes on and on and on! He participated in band in both Stratford High School and Spencer High School where he graduated in 1997.
Ben also participated in T-ball, Cub Scouts, swimming lessons, baseball, taekwondo, played video games and loved movies. He also enjoyed darts, D & D, Magic The Gathering, music and spending time with family and friends.
In 1993 he moved from Summerville, S.C., to Spencer, Iowa. In the spring of 2000, Ben moved to Sioux Falls, S.D., where he met Bandy Lund and her daughter, Moon. They moved on and had a son, Ezekiel, in December of 2000.
In 2002, Ben met the love of his life at Eagles doing karaoke, Kristy Ann Grobe. They were united in marriage May 28, 2006, and have resided in Spencer ever since.
After two years of college at Iowa Lakes Community College, Ben decided it was time to get to work. He worked at several food places in Spencer before coming to Hardees where he loved to work. Ben's love of fast food was deep rooted in the south in the 80s, when the family started "Fast Food Friday."
Ben is survived by his wife, Kristy of Spencer; one son, Ezekiel Place, of East Chain, Minn., and one daughter, Moon Lund, of East Chain, Minn.; his mother, Vangie (Don) Cowen, of Marcus; father, Alan L. Place, of Homestead, Fla.; father-in-law, Fred Grobe, of Rossie; one sister and three step-sisters, Amy Law and her fiance, Mark Kubat, of Laurens, Tara Konrady and her fiance, Larry Heimeman, of Spencer, Amanda Cowen and her fiance, Nathan Haack, of Graettinger and Cora Cowen of Marcus; two grandmothers, Rose Alger of Spencer and Viola Place of Milford; Uncle Tracy and Jacque Alger of Lisbon, Aunt Edie Orris of Moville, Aunt Ruthie of San Antonia, Texas and Aunt Robbin and Mike Mahorney of Laurens; brothers-in-law, Ron Hansen and his wife, Dora, of Royal, and Fred C. Grobe and his wife Gina, of Ft. Dodge; many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Ben was preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Sandy Grobe; grandfathers, Lester Place and Robert Alger; grand-father-in-law, Gib Feldhacker; and one uncle, Mike Orris.
Funeral services were at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at Union Memorial Church in Milford, with burial in Riverside Cemetery in Spencer. Visitation was after 3 p.m. Thursday with the family present from 6-8 p.m. at the Turner Jenness Funeral Home in Milford.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.turnerfuneralhomes.com