Benjamin F. “Ben” Yale, 60, died at 11:58 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at Lima Memorial Health System.
Ben was born Sept. 4, 1951, in Lima, the son of to Edith (Dancy) and E. Benjamin Yale, and they preceded him in death. On April 14, 1973, in Belle Center, he married Bonnie Gay, and she survives in Waynesfield.
Also surviving are a son, David Yale, of San Jose, Calif.; a daughter, Jennifer (Ryan) Kidd, of West Chester; three brothers, Guy (Judy) Yale, of, Bethany, Conn., Glen (Nancy) Yale, of San Antonio, Texas, and Philip (Debbie) Yale, of West Lake; a sister, Nina Dudgeon, of Sylvania: and two grandchildren, Graham Kidd and Ava Kidd.
Ben was an attorney and owned Yale Law Office. He currently represented Select Milk Producers Inc. and Continental Dairy Products Inc. and their family of companies. He was a 1969 graduate of Waynesfield-Goshen High School, he graduated from Yale University with his bachelors degree, and from Ohio Northern University with his juris doctorate degree. He was a very active member of the Waynesfield Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon and Sunday school teacher. He was a member of the Ohio State Bar Association as well as the American Bar Association. He was admitted to practice in the states of Ohio, New Mexico, Texas and Illinois as well as the United States Supreme Court. Ben was among the most knowledgeable and respected attorneys in the dairy industry representing dairies from coast to coast and border to border. He was a regular contributor to Progressive Dairyman and recently had a book, “The Paperless Law Office, a Practical Guide to Digitally Powering Your Firm” published by the American Bar Association. He was very active in his local community. He was a member of the board of the Muchinippi Theatre Group and Waynesfield Community Foundation. He also helped promote the “Community Trail” project with Waynesfield-Goshen Schools to have trees planted in memory of community members. Ben was an avid photographer.
A Celebration of Life Service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday at Waynesfield-Goshen High School, with the Rev. Don Smith officiating. Private family burial will follow at Willow Branch Cemetery in Waynesfield.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Waynesfield Baptist Church, and 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the school.
Contributions may be made to the Waynesfield Baptist Church in Waynesfield, the Community Trails project, Wayne-Goshen Community Foundation or Borderplex Ministries in El Paso, Texas (a seminary program in Mexico and Cuba).
Funeral arrangements are in care of Armentrout Funeral Home in Waynesfield.
Condolences may be expressed at armentroutfuneralhome.com.
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