Benjamin Mark "Ben" Emerson Sr.

January 29, 1976 - October 3, 2020
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Benjamin Mark Emerson, Sr., 44, of Reading, passed away October 3, 2020 in his residence with his loving family by his side. He was the husband of Bernadette M. (Cachuela) Emerson. They would have celebrated their 4th wedding anniversary on November 21st. Born in Reading, he was a son of Mark T. and Marsha L. (Whitermore) Emerson, of Ephrata. A 1994 graduate of Ephrata High School, he received his associate degree from YTI Career Institute, Lancaster with a degree in Culinary Arts / Restaurant Management on May 5, 2014. While at YTI, he graduated with honors and received the August Eschoffier Award. Benjamin worked at Kitchen Kettle Village, Intercourse, R. M. Heagy Foods, East Petersburg, and Waco Taco, Lancaster. He was a Christian of the Mennonite faith. Surviving in addition to his parents and wife are his children – Dylan Lucelle Emerson and Jax Grace Emerson, both of Akron, PA, Iris Sorrel Emerson and Benjamin Mark Quinten Emerson, both of Reading, his step-children – Landon Cole Whitmore and Aiden Michael Whitmore, both of Exeter Twp., and his brother – Peter James Emerson partner of Braxton Draper, Los Angeles, CA. A Celebration of Benjamin’s Life will be webcast on Friday, October 16, 2020 at 2:00 PM. Visit, go to Benjamin Emerson obituary and click on webcast icon. Please honor Benjamin by contributing on GoFundMe – Support the family of Ben Emerson. The Klee Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., Shillington is assisting the Emerson family.

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Date: Friday, October 16, 2020

Time: 2:00 pm

A Celebration of Ben’s Life will be webcast on Friday, October 16th, 2020 at 2:00 PM

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Born: January 29, 1976
June 7, 1995
LMH High School Graduation
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Died: October 3, 2020

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Beverly Riehl posted on 12/29/21

I worked with Ben at ECH a long time ago and I did not know he had passed. My sincere condolences to his wife, children and parents. I knew his mother too. My thoughts and prayers are with you all


Justin Stoltzfus posted on 10/16/20

Ben was a great guy, we had some good times. Condolences to the family - rest in power my friend.


Louise Swartley posted on 10/14/20

Sorry for your loss. Cleave onto all the good memories that you have of Ben. No more suffering and he is with our Lord, such a victory. My sincere condolences to the whole family.


Kristi Napoleonis posted on 10/11/20

My utmost condolences to the family of Ben. I graduated high school with Ben, back in 94, and while our paths went separate ways - I will always remember Ben's sense of humor and contagious laughter. He could always brighten up a room and conversation; it was an honor to have known him years ago. Prayers to his family.


Rachel (Brown) Anderson posted on 10/11/20

Ben was my oldest friend. What do you say when such a loss happens? My prayers have been constant and will continue. My consolation is that it was Gods time for Ben to come home. That doesn't dull the void of his absence. Praying for comfort to come and for support to be genuine and plentiful. With loving tears.


Phyllis posted on 10/11/20

Remembering Ben's cooking and his music. Holding you in God's light.


Martha Diem posted on 10/8/20

So sorry for your loss Bern and family,I pray God grants you extra grace and strength as you journey on. My deepest sympathy.


Braxton Draper posted on 10/8/20

I remember Flying from LA to come for the Broadkill beach family get away in Delaware. It wasn’t the most pleasant of flights, but you uplifted me. The smokes and the conversations we had on the sand dunes are some of my fondest memories. Forever love and miss you


Nancy Jeffries posted on 10/7/20

So sorry for the loss of Ben. I hope your memories comfort you. Sending much love and light❤️


Keith& Diane Thomason posted on 10/7/20

When we first met Ben we never knew he had cancer, not once did he ever complain , his outlook on life was positive and no matter what the day and how crappy Ben was feeling he always had a smile on his face . We had the honor to spend time with Ben during his final moments. And for that I’m honored ,we will miss his smile his laughter and his positive outlook on life. Soar high my friend!! You are now pain free and living the life you deserve. You will be greatly missed, keep smiling and and keep sending your signs to your loved ones. Oh and practice playing pool lol!! We will never forget you and we will be there for Bernie also . We hope you are walking around smiling and celebrating your new life. And finally saying “ I am Free” your finally home with your eternal father, and you my friend are Loved.


Cheryl Evans posted on 10/6/20

So sorry for your loss.


Heidi Brummett posted on 10/6/20

Bernadette, I am so sorry for your loss of Ben. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.