Benjamin David Reeves was born on Dec. 6, 1977 to Ronald Reeves and Gwen (Grosboll) Reeves in Walla Walla. When Ben was less than a year old, his family moved to Kennewick. Ben and his family stayed in the Tri-Cities area until Ben was 14 years-old when they moved to Derby, Kansas, where they stayed until Ben was 21. At that time, the Reeves family moved to Rice. Ben stayed in the Northeast Washington area for the remainder of his life, except for a one-year stint in Michigan in 2003/2004. Ben attended Country Haven Academy in Pasco for his elementary years. He home schooled during his high school years. He attended Butler Community College, then went into construction and mission work. Recently, Ben had returned to college. He graduated with his Associate Degree in Business from Phoenix University on June 6, 2011. Ben was determined to finish that degree despite being bedridden for the last nine months of his life. Ben’s work experience included Christian radio production, construction, website design, network configuration and missionary work. Among Ben’s fondest memories were the two mission trips that he made to Ghana, West Africa in the mid-90’s. On those trips, he helped with the construction of an orphanage, with the establishment of a Bible correspondence school and with some evangelistic meetings. Ben was a baptized member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. In 1998, while in Sweden, Ben met the love of his life—the future German wife, Silke Scheffler. For the next four years, the two enjoyed many transcontinental trips to visit each other. Benjamin and Silke were married on June 23, 2002 in Falls City, Oregon. Ben was afflicted by disease for the last few years of his life, despite this. Ben always remained optimistic, hopeful and encouraging to those around him and his faith remained strong until the last minute of his life. Ben passed away on July 12, 2011, at Providence Mount Carmel Hospital in Colville while surrounded by his family. Ben is survived by his wife, Silke Reeves; his mother, Gwen (Grosboll) Reeves; his father, Ronald Reeves; siblings, Rhonda (Reeves) Clark, Joseph Reeves, Christian Reeves and Deborah Reeves. Ben was preceded in death by his sister, Wendy Reeves. A memorial service will be held in honor of Benjamin Reeves on Saturday, August 13 at 4 p.m. at the Kettle Falls Seventh-Day Adventist Church. Please visit the online memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com . The Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory in Colville has been entrusted with arrangements.