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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.
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February 15, 2020
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.

Roy Oxenrider
Roy Oxenrider
February 13, 2020
Ben was one of the first persons I met when I moved to Boulder City 6 years ago. He welcomed me with open arms to
his little tennis group and then proceeded to relentlessly frustrate me with his slice shots that barely cleared the net and dropped in the far reaches of the short courts. I could tell they were coming by the twinkle in his eyes and the slight smirk on his face. I loved having him as a partner, not so much as an opponent. Ben's T-shirt reminded us that he was The Captain; his absence confirmed that fact as we struggled to figure out the intricacies of court rotations when he wasn't there. I came to admire Ben not only for his athleticism but for so many other qualities that made him the man he was: devotion to his family and friends, kindness and graciousness to others, his tenacity and enjoyment of life. I returned from last summer's vacation
to spot Ben cruising the streets of Boulder City in his new maroon Corvette. What, another car? I asked. He grinned and replied Why not?. Indeed, Ben, why not? Cruise free, my friend!
Yolanta (Yo) Jonynas
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