Benjamin Neuenschwander, 77, of Culbertson, Nebraska passed away on Thursday, November 22, 2012 at Bryan LGH Medical Center in Lincoln, Nebraska. He was born on February 14, 1935 in Sugar Creek Township, Ohio to Amos A. and Lavina Celesta (Amstutz) Neuenschwander. He was married on August 1, 1955 at Eden Missionary Church in rural Wauneta, Nebraska to Joyce Rousselle.
He graduated from Geneva High School in 1952 before continuing his education at Fort Wayne Bible College in Fort Wayne. He then worked at Salem Children’s Home until moving to Nebraska in 1960. He was a carpenter in the area for many years owning his own business Ben’s Carpentry. He also taught carpentry classes in the community. He delivered the McCook Gazette to residents for eleven years. He also served as a member of the Culbertson School Board for 12 years.
He was a member of the Evangelical Free Church in McCook, Nebraska. Many Sundays, he would greet churchgoers with a smile and a warm handshake as they arrived on Sunday mornings. In his spare time, he enjoyed woodworking, watching sports, playing games and telling jokes with family and friends. He also enjoyed meeting often with his friends for coffee time.
He is survived by three daughters, Sandy Harms of Hayes Center, Nebraska; Celesta (John) Rhodes of Riley Township, Michigan; and Sonja Greene of Sacramento, California; two brothers, Lloyd (Carol) Neuenschwander of Berne; and Denver (Bert) Neuenschwander of Geneva; two sisters, Estelle Nussbaum of Berne; and Lorene (Dwight) Brenneman of Lancaster, Pennsylvania; three sister-in laws, Iola (Don) Egle of Bella Vista, Arkansas; and Ruby Neuenschwander; and Marieda Neuenschwander, both of Berne; six grandchildren, Jody (Aaron) Greene-Warren; Jarrad Greene; Benjamin Rhodes; Zachary Rhodes; Aimee (Mitch) Hazlitt; and Drew Harms; son-in-law, Jeff Greene; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins; his E-Free Church family; and many dear friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; father and mother-in-law, Edward and Esther Rousselle; three brothers, Ellis, Wilbert and Joe Neuenschwander; and son-in-law, Alan Harms.
Visitation was from 1:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, November 26 at Carpenter Breland Funeral Home in McCook, Nebraska. The family was present to greet friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. A memorial service was held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 27 at the Evangelical Free Church in McCook, Nebraska. Officiating was Rev. Bruce Lester. A private family inurnment will be held at the Culbertson Cemetery at a later date.
Memorials may be given in his name.
Arrangements provided by Carpenter Breland Funeral Home of McCook, Nebraska. Friends may send condolences to the family at www.carpenterbreland.com.