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Reply #15 - Sep 5th, 2017 at 3:06pm
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Brion,
Sorry you just recently heard of Ben's passing! Ben was a good friend of mine also, even though we lived on opposite sides of the USA. I often think of Ben, and I'm glad you brought this post back up, as I've not heard his name in some time, and it's good to know of others who loved him too.
  

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Reply #16 - Sep 8th, 2017 at 9:16pm
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He was a fine fellow.  I knew him first from the Forum turned out he lived sort of near me.  He heard I was looking for a Unertl BV sent me a message he had one surplus.

Ben Lived on the bank of the Mattaponi River about half way between Richmond and Tappahannock Virginia. Told me to drive to the Rt 360 bridge look for a Bear beside his mail box.  Can't miss it. 

Get close to the river mailbox had a big plastic bear strapped to it. Up the driveway a trailer with at least half a dozen F 150 pick up's out side. Fellow comes out string bean thin sunburned brown no shirt and a straw Cowboy hat. Sort of concerned but wanted that Unertl.  Open up the conversation I commented on his F 150's, so he starts one up so I could hear the engine. Invites me in side, narrow path through the Trailer full of Elvis Memorabilia.  His hobby was driving F 150's to yard sales weekends buying up anything Elvis.

Worked the conversation around to the Scope. "What scope" rifle scope I said. "Rifle", probation officer would put me back inside if I had any Rifles". What about the Bear. "Oh you must be looking for Ben, He's on the other side of the river". "I put that Bear up just so people would stop and talk"

Other side large steel sculpted Bear sign with Ben's Name under. Beautiful Home right on the River. Lots of outbuildings in perfect order and a shooting house in the field so he could test loads.  Ben either knew I would get caught by the old fellow or thought I was coming from the West instead of the East.

I like to think he knew I would drive up to the Trailer first.

Miss him

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Reply #17 - Sep 9th, 2017 at 9:57am
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With Ben's sense of humor I wouldn't be surprised he might set you up to get the guy in the trailer first Boats! He definitely enjoyed humor, and life in general!
  

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Reply #18 - Sep 10th, 2017 at 11:36am
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Boats,    GREAT Memorial story,   thanks for relating it.
  He and his sense of humor will be remembered --and greatly missed.
  

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Reply #19 - Sep 10th, 2017 at 2:49pm
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Ben came up to Lynchburg once to pick up a scope that was sent to me by another of this forum's late but sadly missed characters, xxgrampa.  It had come to me to do a comparison test between it, and a couple of scopes I had including another BV-20.  I wanted to see how the big, external adjustment scopes compared to one another.  We had quite a few exchanges on this venue before and after that.  RIP, Ben.

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Reply #20 - Sep 10th, 2017 at 7:01pm
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Thinking about another mutual friend Ben and I had, who sadly also passed not long after Ben. Whitey Hansen, was cut from a similar cloth, and a renaissance guy like Ben. Lots of talent from machinist, to automotive, to even boot design! Also a career USAF retired guy. He once sent me a Pedersoli muzzle loader that David Pedersoli had given him for designing a pair of cowboy boots for him!
Ben, Whitey, and I had a lot of fun in our long distance phone conversations!
  

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Reply #21 - Sep 11th, 2017 at 7:33am
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Used to correspond with Whitey a lot. He was a fine fellow. Had plans to visit him on my way to Raton, shooting buddy had to cancel we never made the trip.

Like to have met him in person.

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Reply #22 - Sep 11th, 2017 at 2:40pm
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boats wrote on Sep 11th, 2017 at 7:33am:
Used to correspond with Whitey a lot. He was a fine fellow. Had plans to visit him on my way to Raton, shooting buddy had to cancel we never made the trip.

Like to have met him in person.

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I got together with Whitey once on a trip to the Colorado Gun collector's show in Denver. Whitey lived in Joe's, Co. which I think is 60-70 miles east of Denver? He lived in the old John Deere dealership in Joe's, which he bought from the city or county at auction. It was perfect for Whitey, as he was a bachelor and the huge building had 3 ph. power, with drive through roll up doors in the shop area, and a climate controlled showroom. Whitey had a huge camp trailer sitting in one bay, and the rest was open for his machine tool overhauls he did. He sold used machine tools for extra money, and had his own equipment set up in the showroom, so he could work all year around. Windows were covered to keep people from seeing what he had there, or thinking it was still an active business.
He had a lot of fun putting guns together, and wheeling and dealing in guns and old cars.
  

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