Benjamin G. Jarrell
March 9, 1952 - January 11, 2018
Benjamin G. Jarrell, 65, of Morenci, entered heaven into the presence of his Lord and Savior on Thursday evening, January 11, 2018, from the comforts of his home, surrounded by his family while under the compassionate care of Hospice of Lenawee. Born March 9, 1952, in Charleston, WV, he was the son of Carlis B. and Marie (Stover) Jarrell. The Jarrell family moved from West Virginia to Morenci when Ben was in grade school. It was Morenci where he was proud to call home since.
He met the love of his life, Elizabeth “Liz” Morningstar of Fayette, OH, and they were united in marriage on November 5, 1971, at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Fayette. He was employed for over 24 years at Wacker Chemical Company in Tecumseh, and recently retired in 2014. He was a proud member of the Sons of American Legion Post #368, the Morenci Eagles, the Maple City Riders and the Morenci Legion Riders.
Ben enjoyed family camping, drag racing and trap shooting as a young adult. An avid sports fan, he enjoyed following the Pittsburgh Steelers, University of Michigan and West Virginia football, as well as Golden State Warriors basketball. In more recent years, he enjoyed motorcycling, golfing, traveling, fishing, and camping. This past summer he and Liz enjoyed seasonal camping at Sunny’s Campground near Wauseon.
Remembered for his warm affection and his witty sense of humor, Ben was a friend to everyone he knew. He liked listening to bluegrass music, and eventually learned to play those tunes on his guitar. He always loved family gatherings at his home for holidays, birthdays, and BBQs. His family and his faith in Jesus Christ meant the most to Ben, and both provided him comfort throughout the blessings and trials of his life.
Surviving to mourn his earthly loss in addition to his loving wife of 46 years, Liz, are their children, Tammy Clement of Morenci, Julia Jarrell of Morenci, and Matthew Jarrell of Mattawan, MI; his brother, Kent (Debbie) Jarrell of Morenci; grandchildren, Tequoia Jarrell, Shannon (Brandon) Byers, Tahjanay Jarrell, Antonio Jarrell, Azaan Jarrell, Amy (Tommy) Hilyard, Sam (Amy) Majchrowski, Sydney Brady, Tobie Brady, and Selena Brady; eleven great-grandchildren, with one on-the-way; father-in-law, Mr. Loren Morningstar; sisters-in-law, Rosemary Morningstar, Marilyn Morningstar, Sandra Jarrell, and Shirley Jarrell; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Brent and Clint Jarrell; a grandson, Connor Brady; a nephew, Jim Jarrell; and his mother-in-law, Eleanor Morningstar.
Upon his request, cremation has taken place. A memorial service for Ben will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at the Eagle Funeral Home in Morenci with his son, Matthew Jarrell, and Pastor Gail Blum officiating. Interment will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci. The family will receive friends for a visitation on Monday from 4-8 p.m.
Memorial donations can be made in Ben’s name to Hospice of Lenawee. The family also suggests that those able to donate blood do so in Ben’s honor at a local Red Cross blood drive.
Visitation: Monday, January 15, 2018 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in MorenciGet Directions
Memorial Service: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 11:00 AM Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in MorenciGet Directions