Benjamin Yousey

Born: Fri., Jan. 21, 1921
Died: Sat., Jul. 28, 2012


6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Mon., Jul. 30, 2012
Location: Croghan Mennonite Church

Funeral Service

10:30 AM Tue., Jul. 31, 2012
Location: Croghan Mennonite Church

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LOWVILLE- Benjamin Yousey, 91, Brookside Circle, died Saturday morning at the Lewis County Residential Healthcare Facility surrounded by his family.

His funeral will be held at 1030 AM July 31, at the Croghan Mennonite Church with the church ministry officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Calling hours will be held on Monday July 30, from 6-9 PM at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Adirondack Funeral Home, Croghan. Messages of sympathy may be made at

Memorial contributions may be made to Beaver Camp 8884 Buck Point Rd. Lowville NY 13367 or the Croghan Mennonite Church Mission Budget PO Box 68 Croghan, NY 13327.

Ben was born January 21, 1921 in the Town of New Bremen to Menno and Lena Moser Yousey.  He attended Beaver Falls High School and received his GED in 1965. He married Irene Widrick May 23, 1946 at the Amish Mennonite Conservative Church of Croghan with the Rev. Lloyd Boshart officiating. He and Irene operated a dairy farm just outside Croghan on RT. 812 from 1946 to 1981. From 1981 until retiring in 1996 he worked as a custodian at the Beaver River Central School. After retirement he did part-time carpentry work. He was a maple syrup producer all of his life. Irene died February 13, 2010.

He served on the board of the Adirondack Mennonite Camping Association, was a member of the Association of Mennonite Aid Society, was a member of the Lewis County Maple Producers, worked with pre-school children at Hand in Hand Daycare while residing at Brookside. He also volunteered for Mennonite Disaster Relief. He was a lifelong student of the bible and shared his knowledge as a Sunday school teacher and a Vacation Bible School teacher for many decades.
He enjoyed woodworking, reading, travelling, and visiting with friends and family.

He is survived by five daughters and four sons in law, Lena Mae Martin, Fulton, Yvonne and Jim Dunn, Evergreen CO, Marcia and Fred Moshier, Harrisonburg, VA, Jane and Ned Nafziger, Canton, OH and Beverly and David Chartrand, Oswego.   He has 11 grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

He is also survived by two brothers in law Harold Widrick, Ontario, Canada, and Earl Widrick, Adams Center; two sisters in law and their husbands, Gladys and Floyd Moshier, Lowville and Loretta and Aaron Widrick, Martinsburg. He also has a brother in law and his wife, Simon and Diane Gingerich, Castorland.

He is predeceased by his siblings Warren, Reuben and Emma Yousey, Elva Widrick, Mabel Yancey, and his step siblings, Joseph Schweitzer, Ezra Schweitzer, and Ann Huni.

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Janet Zehr
   Posted Sun July 29, 2012
I was saddened to hear of Ben's passing; another person who had an impact on my childhood. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Teresa Somma
   Posted Mon July 30, 2012
I am sadden by your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. I am glad you were able to spend some time with him.

Diane Lawson
   Posted Mon July 30, 2012
May God hold you close to his heart, in this time of sorrow.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and, your family.

Alyssa Bosley
   Posted Mon July 30, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Maureen "Mo" Burt
   Posted Mon July 30, 2012
I am so sorry for your loss. I hope you can find some peace and comfort during this difficult time. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Curt Dudley
   Posted Mon July 30, 2012
We often think of these times as "losses" in our lives and in many regards indeed it is a time of loss. These times also provide a reflection of our "gains" - how we are who we are as influenced by the ones we loved and who loved us. Your father lives on in each person he touched over the span of his life. My thoughts are with you.


Mary (Huni) Ryan
   Posted Mon July 30, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with your family. I have many wonderful memories of visiting the farm as a child. Benny and Irene had also visited my childhood home in Black River. May you find comfort knowing that his goodness lives on in others.

Laura Daily
   Posted Mon July 30, 2012
My thoughts go out to you at such a sad time. Benny is greatly missed, forever cherished, and always remembered.


Paul and Lisa Gooden
   Posted Mon July 30, 2012
May your Father''s memories be of comfort to you and your family at this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Antoinette Lucas
   Posted Mon July 30, 2012
Marcia, I wish I could have met your Dad. I can only imagine that he was kind hearted and generous like you. May his memories can give you joy versus sorrow in the days ahead. Love, Antoinette

   Posted Tue July 31, 2012
Marcia -
So sorry to hear about your loss. I am thinking of you.

Shelia Moorman
   Posted Tue July 31, 2012
Dear Marcia,
My heart is with you and your family at this time of loss.
With love,

Maria Malerba
   Posted Tue July 31, 2012
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You are a wonderful person and I know your Dad was proud of you. Please know that we are here if you should need anything. Thoughts of love and comfort are being sent your way.

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