Ben Workman
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Ben Workman

May 02, 1920 - October 14, 2007

Ben Workman

May 02, 1920 - October 14, 2007

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Obituary for Ben Workman

“BEN” BENARE HAROLD WORKMAN, 87, a resident of Prineville died at his home Sunday, October 14, 2007. He was born on May 2, 1920 in Kimball, Alberta, Canada the fourth child of Thomas Leavitt and Mary Emma Marsden Workman. He moved to Oregon with his family in 1937. He married Donna Wall on June 26, 1940 in the Alberta Canada Temple. During World War II he worked in the shipyards at night and by day started a machine shop with his father, T.L. Workman & Sons, Inc. Ben operated the shop in Woodburn from 1942 to 1972 manufacturing truck beds and hoists and repairing equipment. Ben and Donna moved to Silverton in 1962 where they owned a ranch. In 1972, Ben sold T.L. Workman & Sons, and moved his family to Powell Butte where he purchased a 1500 acre ranch fulfilling a childhood dream to raise cattle. He called his cattle his “flowers”. Two years later, he sold the ranch and moved into Prineville. In 1977, he purchased a small acreage and started B.H. Workman & Sons, Inc. They opened the shop and continued the tradition of the finest quality manufacturing to produce hoists and truck beds, pioneering many new conveniences for the truck and farm. He held patents on several machines including the dual hydraulic truck hoist, the transfer trailer system and the hydraulic hitch.

Ben is a member of The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints. He has served in many capacities in the Willamette Valley and in central Oregon including branch president, district president, missionary, teacher and served in stake presidencies and bishoprics. In 1988, he was ordained a patriarch in the Redmond Oregon Stake. Ben and Donna served missions in India and among the Filipino people of San Francisco. Ben and Donna were Portland Temple workers from 1989 until Donna’s death on November 19, 1997. He continued serving in the temple with his second wife. He married Liola Holden Chase on March 28, 1998 in Portland, Oregon. He truly is a giant of a man who loved his family and all people.

He is survived by his wife Liola of Prineville, daughters Linda (Jess) Stewart of Prineville, Sheila (Jack) Kingston of Lebanon, Sue Bell of Prineville, Jeanene (Ray) Brown of Riverton, Utah, Jill (Tim) Searle of Levan, Utah and Roxanne Workman of Hillsboro, sons Rulon (Berniece) of Prineville, Curtis (Mo) of Prineville, Scott (Nadine) of Peoria, Arizona and Bruce (Mary) of Dallas along with 46 grandchildren, 66 great grandchildren, 14 great great grandchildren. Also surviving are siblings Marsden “Mick” (Bettie) Workman of Salem, Juanita (Alex) Fobert of Woodburn, Lorraine (Willie) Reck of Beaver Creek, and Wayne (Rita) Workman of Albany; sisters-in-law Mary Lou Workman and Iris Workman. He was preceded in death by a daughter Mary Donna Workman, his parents, siblings LaVar Workman, Audrey Fletcher, Necia Bennett, Gerald “Ged” Workman and Ronald Workman.

Viewing will be from 9:00 to 10:45 am Friday, October 19th with the funeral starting at 11:00 am in the Prineville Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, October 20th in the Belle Passi Cemetery in Woodburn. To leave an on-line condolence go to www.dallastribute.com

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