My name is Roy Oxenrider, and my sympathy goes out to Ben's family, relatives and many, many friends.
I have had the pleasure to know Ben for approximately 10 years when he needed an extra poker player for his weekly Tuesday card game. On Sat., he would join us at Ward's house and played with the American Legion poker group. For many years, I have seen him twice a week doing what he highly enjoyed and did very good - playing poker. He loved many card games. Ben lived his life like he played poker - all out and that includes tennis with both singles and doubles championships, RVs, motorcycles, sports cars and the list goes on and on. It was always enjoyable playing cards and talking with Ben and he was a wealth of knowledge and information on any subject.
Ben was a loving and caring person and always wanted what was best and I even watched him bring a homeless person into his house while working with him for many, many months. That was the nature of Ben and I will always remember him fondly playing poker and the poker players know his playing style as a silent raiser and that was Ben's game. He was silent raiser in poker and a great person in life.
I join the Tuesday night poker players and we all say RIP Ben, and his weekly poker game will be missed and more importantly, Ben will be missed. It has been my pleasure to know and be associated with Ben Wilkinson.
V. BEN WILKINSON V. Ben Wilkinson, 83 years of age, was a resident of Boulder City for 43 years. Ben passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 9th with friends and family at his side. Victor Benjamin Wilkinson was born in Lisbon Falls, Maine on February 12, 1936 to Brice and Esther Wilkinson. Ben is survived by his Sister, Della Starbird of Auburn Me.; his best friend and life partner, Diane Schopp; children: Lisa Ray of Summerlin, Lori (Tim) Connelly of Brookings, Ore, Kelly (Harvey) Pierson of Kingman, AZ, David Wilkinson of Boulder City, Carrie (Patrick) Little of Boulder City and David Patton of Portland, Or. Ben, AKA Poppa Bun, Bun Rabbit or Uncle Ben, leaves behind several loving Grandchildren: Kristen, Andy, Brendan, Isabel, Scarlett and Cruz as well as many Nieces and Nephews scattered around the country. A celebration of life will be held at the Boulder City Senior Center on Saturday, February 22, 2020 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Boulder City Senior Center, 813 Arizona Street, Boulder City, NV 89005. To sign an online memorial guest book and for further information about Ben's life visit www.bouldercityfamilymortuary.com
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Published in Boulder City Review on Feb. 13, 2020.