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Bennett Daniel "Ben" Sisler

July 30, 1928 November 16, 2019
Bennett Daniel  "Ben" Sisler
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Bennett Daniel Sisler passed away on November 16th, 2019 at age 91 at home in Littleton, CO 80128. Ben was a contented man, known for his laid-back demeanor, quick laugh, fairness, and strength to the end. He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather, and lived a life well-loved.

Ben is survived by his wife Ruth Jeanne, and four children, Gary (Elena) Sisler, Lynette (Michael) Murphy, Steve Sisler and Corey (Shannon) Sisler. Grandchildren include Connor, Kenzie, Carson, Jamie (Elizabeth), and Jason (Julie) Sisler, Justina (Steven) LaTulipe, and Tyler (Elaine) and Justin (Jessica) Murphy; and great grandchildren: Alexandria, Cheyenne, Dakota, Alana (deceased) and Miles. Three of these family members: Gary, Connor and Miles are honored to carry on his legacy, by having Bennett as their middle name.

Born July 30, 1928 in Friendsville, Maryland to Daniel and Ida Sisler, Ben had 12 brothers and sisters, and now four remain: Elsie Slagle, Alice Friend, Rosalie Lewis, and Peggy Tipton, and more than 30 nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by siblings Dale Sisler, Stanley Sisler, Hugh Sisler, Cecil Sisler, Lenore Hunt, Linda Zarnoch, Betsy Olson and Edward Sisler.

In Maryland, he often said his favorite pastimes were chopping firewood to heat the Sisler family house and driving large trucks down narrow twisting roads for a logging company. Ben retained a lifelong love for the mountains

Ben joined the Army Air Corps in 1945 (which became the Air Force during his tenure) serving as an airman in Europe from 1945 to 1948. He participated in the Berlin Airlift and assisted in the clearing Hitler’s Eagles Nest during his service.

Ben met his wife, Ruth at City Park in Denver while stationed in Denver. Ben and Ruth were married in the summer of 1950 at the Trinity Methodist Church in Denver. They spent the next 70 years taking care of each other, including holding hands up to the morning of his passing.

After he got out of the service, Ben returned to Denver CO and used his GI bill to attend automotive school working as a mechanic, then advanced as manager of Merrill Axle and Wheel Alignment, and was the owner of Central Wheel Alignment, a successful suspension and frame shop.

In addition to being a business owner, during his long life Ben was a entrepreneur, electrician, builder/land developer, inventor, and conservationist. He was an early advocate of solar energy, putting early generation solar cells on his roof back in the 1980's, building his own electric car and inventing a lawn mower that ran on water instead of gas. A real-life MacGyver, he claimed he could fix almost anything with screws, duct tape and/or a sledgehammer.
Ben liked to spend time with his family, elk hunt, travel, go boating, work on his computer, and have coffee with his friends. He helped at numerous fraternal/charitable organizations. as well as serving as a Boy Scout leader and youth sports coach.

The memorial service will be held on Monday December 2 at 11:00 AM the Chapel at Ellis Family Services in Littleton. The burial will be immediately after the service at the Golden Cemetery. A reception will be held at the Sisler home from 1:30 to 4:00 PM.

Donations in Ben's name may be made to Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) https://www.vfw.org or to a charity of your choice.


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Funeral Service

Monday

2

Dec

11:00 AM 12/2/2019 11:00:00 AM
The Chapel at Ellis Family Services

13436 West Arbor Place
Littleton, CO 80127

Viewing will be held prior to the funeral at 10:30 AM.

The Chapel at Ellis Family Services
13436 West Arbor Place Littleton 80127 CO
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Golden Cemetery Final Resting Place

755 Ulysses Street
Golden, CO 80401

755 Ulysses Street Golden 80401 CO
United States
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