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.