Ben Graebel, 1955-2008
Vail, CO Colorado
Ben Graebel, 53, vice chairman of Graebel Companies, went home to the arms of his lord and savior Jesus Christ on Thursday morning in Denver, Colorado.
Ben was born Aug. 19, 1955 in Wausau, Wisc., to Lois and David Graebel. He graduated from Lawrence University of Wisconsin in 1978 with a degree in English and psychology.
In 1991 he married Julie Beck in Beaver Creek, and together they welcomed into the world their three beautiful children, Jessica, Luke and William.
The most important things in Ben’s life were his family, being outdoors and his faith. Ben was and incredible husband and father. He loved nothing more than spending time with Julie or coaching Jessie, Luke and Will’s many sports teams.
Ben was an avid fisherman and hunter, skier and golfer. He was a member of both Cherry Hills Community Church and Greenwood Community Church.
To both friends and strangers Ben was gracious, a friend to all, a master communicator and the most generous and loyal person they knew. Make-a-Wish Foundation, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Young President’s Organization, the Denver Chamber of Commerce and the Regis High School Lacrosse team were just a few of the many charitable activities and groups which benefited from Ben’s leadership and unlimited generosity.
He will be missed by many.
Ben is survived by his loving wife, Julie; beloved children Jessie, Luke and Will; father David; and brother Bill.
Ben was preceded to the home of his savior Jesus Christ by his dear mother, Lois, and sister Jessica.
A public viewing will be held Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Olinger Chapel Hill Mortuary, 6601 South Colorado Boulevard, Littleton, CO 80121. Relatives and all friends are welcome.
A memorial service celebrating Ben’s life will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, at Greenwood Community Church, 5600 East Belleview Avenue, Greenwood Village, CO 80111. Relatives and friends are welcome. The service will be conducted by close family and friends, Head Pastor Tom Melton, and Bo Mitchell, chaplain of the Denver Nuggets.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial in the name of Ben has been established. Donations can be sent to Graebel Companies, c/o Benjamin D. Graebel Memorial Fund, 16346 East Airport Circle, Aurora, CO 80011.
Messages and photos may be posted to: http://www.SympathyTree.com, search: Ben Graebel.