Benjamin R. Buckwalter, Lititz native, a true gentleman and a cowboy with a twinkle in his eyes

By on January 9, 2019

Benjamin “Ben” Richard Buckwalter was called home suddenly by his Heavenly Father on Dec. 10, 2018, surrounded by his loving wife and family.

Ben was born on Jan. 7, 1952 in Lititz, the ninth of 10 children, to Jacob and Fannie Buckwalter.

He left Pennsylvania in 1974 when he went to Alabama with the Mennonite Relief Service to help with a tornado outbreak disaster. He planned on staying two weeks and ended up being there for a number of years. He eventually moved on to Texas where he was involved with many different outreach ministries. He met his wife, Vickie Cavanaugh, at the Mesquite Rodeo. They were married on April 17, 1993 and settled in the Collin County, Texas, area.

Ben was always a true gentleman and a cowboy with a twinkle in his eyes. He was a strong believer and held his relationship with God first. He loved the cowboy way and was hardly ever seen without his wranglers, hat, and boots. He refurbished an 1800s stagecoach and he built a working chuck wagon. Ben and his wife were regulars with the stagecoach or chuck wagon at various celebrations, always dressed in period attire.

He was the driver of his own stagecoach in a movie production in 2009 called “Hells Fury; Wanted Dead or Alive.” Ben was always busy creating and building. The outbuildings he had on his small ranch in Anna, Texas had western themed facades that took you back to the old west.

Ben was preceded in death by his father: Jacob; his mother: Fannie; his sister: Fannie Shell, and her husband, Charlie.

He is survived by his wife: Vickie; his siblings: Mary (Gerald) Brubaker, Naomi (Paul) Harring, Jake (Rhoda) Buckwalter, John Buckwalter, Dan (Helen) Buckwalter, David (Sandy) Buckwalter, Sue (Kim) Arbaugh, Ruth (Jim) Willis; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A local celebration of life with family and friends will be held on Jan. 12 at 2 p.m. at Crossroads Community Fellowship, 1060 Newport Road, Lititz.

Condolences may be shared at Arrangements by Allen Family Funeral Options, Plano, Texas.

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