Ben was born April 23, 1985, in Las Vegas, Nev, to Patrick and Elaine Bays. He attended elementary school at St. Nicholas Elementary School in Newbury, England. After his fourth grade year he and his family moved to Brazil, where he attended Meridian Street School and then graduated from Northview High School with the class of 2003. During high school he was active in choir and his senior year he was a member of the Show Choir. Following high school he worked for Heartland Automotive in Greencastle. He married his high school sweetheart, Faith Ronaldson, of Brazil, Feb. 18, 2005. Ben joined the U.S. Army in March 2005, in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. Upon completion of basic training he and his wife moved to Alaska where he has been based since August 2005.
Ben loved being out doors. He spent most of his free time, in Alaska, hunting and fishing. He will be remembered as a devoted husband, son, friend and brother. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
Ben's survivors include his parents Patrick and Elaine Bays, Seelyville, sisters Tammy Bays, Terre Haute, Karla Bays, Indianapolis and brother Jamie Bays, Brazil, grandparents Arthur and Valarie Wallace, Newbury, England, Beulah Bays, Terre Haute, aunts and uncles Janet and Jeff Schmitz, Tuscon, Ariz., Linda and Ali Yahia and Bobby and Sally Wallace, Newbury, England, Elizabeth and Donald Harris, Ohio, Marcia and Jim Strait, Paris, Ill., Chester and Josey Bays, Terre Haute, Barbara Heiner, Salt Lake City, Utah, Sandra Spaulding, Sugar City, Idaho, Steve Bays, Rosedale, Ind., Rex and Janice Bays, Marshall, Ill., Mark and Helen Bays, Terre Haute, Penny Burgess, Terre Haute as well as several cousins and extended family members.
He was preceded in death by grandfather Chester Bays Sr., and uncles Tim Bays and Montel Spaulding.
Services for Ben will be at Lawson -- Miller Chapel at 11 a.m., Thursday, June 12, 2008, with Rev. Gary Scroggins officiating. Burial will follow, with full military rites, at Summit Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will be at the funeral home Wednesday from 3-8 p.m. Visit www.frenchfuneralhome.com to light a candle in his memory.