Benjamin B. (Ben) Earley

November 05, 1921 - July 30, 2012

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Service: Saturday, August 4, 2012 - 11 a.m. in Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel

Calling: Friday, August 3, 2012 - 3-8 p.m. and one hour before services on Saturday at the funeral home

Memorials are to Common Grace of Noble County or to the Benjamin Earley Memorial Scholarship Fund. Please make your check out to the charity of your choice and mail it to Young Family Funeral Home, 222 South State Street, Kendallville, IN 46755.

Benjamin B. “Ben” Earley, 90, of Kendallville died Monday, July 30, 2012, in The Chandler House, Kendallville.

He attended Anderson High School. He graduated from Ball State University in 1943, majoring in History. He received his Master’s Degree from Indiana University.

Mr. Earley began his teaching career at Noblesville High School where he served as assistant basketball coach. He then became a History teacher at Muncie Central High School. Three years later he was asked to become Assistant Principal and Dean of Boys. In 1957, he became Principal of the Rushville High School. Then from 1965 to 1984, he was the Principal at the Kendallville Middle School.

Ben was a member of the Phi Delta Kappa, Alpha Chapter at Indiana University. He was Past President of both the Rushville and Kendallville Rotary Clubs. He was a member at Trinity Church United Methodist in Kendallville for many years, serving in many capacities.

His interests included sports, exercise, reading, family, and Bible study.

He was born November 5, 1921, in Bluffton, to Benjamin and Margaret Earley. He met Kathleen Mabus at Muncie Central High School where she was a teacher. They were married August 3, 1952, in Muncie. She preceded him in death on January 25, 2007.

Surviving are two sons and a daughter-in-law, Gregory Earley of Fishers and Michael and Vicky Earley of Carmel; four grandchildren, Ross Earley, Evan Earley, Lauren Schlenk, and Liza Earley; and a new great grandson, Raylan.

He was also preceded in death by a brother, Edward Earley and a nephew, Stephen Earley.

Funeral services will be Saturday, August 4, 2012, at 11 a.m. in Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery, Kendallville.

Calling is Friday, August 3, 2012, from 3 to 8 p.m. in the funeral home and one hour prior to services on Saturday.

Preferred memorials are to Common Grace of Noble County or the Benjamin Earley Memorial Scholarship Fund.

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Doris & Roy Elmore
August 13th, 2012 8:27pm
Atwood, IL

My husband and I graduated with the class of 1960. Mr Early was our principal. He was a really nice man. Of course we were young and probably scared of the principal, but he treated us fairly. Our condolences to the family. Doris & Roy Elmore

Darryl Eskew
August 8th, 2012 4:27pm
Indianapolis, IN

I attended Rushville High School from 1961-1965. Mr early was such a good role model for me, and many other classmates.Despite my current age (64), if I met with him before his passing, I would still be quick to call him Mr. Earley, because of the great amount of respect I will always have for him. I am sure he left the family with many great memories, because he sure left this hick town high school kid with more than a few. My deepest sympathies to all the family.

Chris and Dottie Stavreti
August 6th, 2012 4:25pm
Fort Wayne, IN

Greg, Mike and Families, Cannot express the sadness we felt when we learned of Ben's passing. He had a big impact on Chris's life.Some people say something to you that you carry with you your entire life. Your father made such a comment to Chris and indeed he has never forgotten it. We were fortunate, while living in Kendallville to be friends with he and your lovely mother, Kathleen. We have enjoyed receiving each year's Xmas card from Ben and he always managed to write us a note in it. He will be missed by many.Chris is suffering from ALS and was not able to attend the funeral. We are so sorry for that. May God's love see you through your time of sorrow. With love and God's blessings. Chris and Dottie Stavreti

Carol Wendt
August 5th, 2012 9:09pm

Mike - May God wrap his loving arms around you and your family during this difficult time. In sympathy and friendship, Carol Wendt

Gene and Faye Racht
August 3rd, 2012 3:33am
Dallas, Texas

Dear Greg, Mike, and Families, Faye and I want to express our sorrow regarding the passing of your dad. He and your mother were very special friends to us when we lived in Kendallville. I worked for and with your dad, and he was one of my favorite persons to be around. His confident quiet manner was very unique. I respected him so much I would have done anything he asked of me, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sincerely, Gene and Faye

Richard Anderson
August 3rd, 2012 12:48am
302 Laurelwood Lane Kendallvil

Gregg & Mike, I am going to be in Indy on Friday and unable to talk with you during your dad's visitation. However, I wanted to let both of you know how much I respected and appreciated both of your parents. Your dad was the one who hired me to come to ENSC and was my first principal at the old K'ville Jr. High School. For that I will always be indebted to him. I learned much from him during that 1st year and even more when I joined the EN administrative ranks. What a wonderful individual he was. I know that he was very proud of you guys. Likewise your mother was so supportive and helpful to me when I moved to the high school and especially when I was principal when she was my business dept. head. Make sure you cherish the good memories that they created for you and your families. Repectfully, Rich Anderson

Karmen Gulde
August 2nd, 2012 2:32pm
Rushville, IN

Mr. Early was the principal at Rushville High School when I began teaching there. He was always a kind man, but would "put his foot down" when necessary.

Hollis H. Heuer
August 2nd, 2012 1:41pm
Rushville, In.

I'm very saddened to hear of your loss. While I was able to enjoy the benefit of being exposed to Mr. Earley's talents for only my freshman year of high school, I nonetheless came away from the experience with an enormous respect for a truly gifted administrator. During our one brief exchange that year he skillfully allowed me my dignity in a manner that has influenced me greatly to this day. His respect for his students was apparent and genuine. Over the years I have often cited him by name as someone who made a lasting impression on me in a very favorable way. Imagine the warm feeling I had when one day recently I heard the very words that he spoke to me that day in 1964 in turn echoed by me in a similar conversation with a high school student. Mr. Early was a real gentleman in a class all his own. I, like many others, am grateful for the great good fortune of having known him. Respectfully, Holly Heuer

Arlene Biddle Taylor
August 2nd, 2012 5:51am

Greg and family, I was so sorry to hear about your Dad. He was a wonderful man. I know alot of kids that are better adults because of him. He will always be remembered for all of the years he gave to everyone. You and your family will be in my prayers.

Dee & Bill
August 2nd, 2012 1:44am

Greg, Mike and families, I was so sad to hear of your dad's passing. What a wonderful man. I will miss chatting with him and the many jokes in such a quiet, yet humorous manner. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you now and in the days ahead. In Faith, Dee and Bill

Bill Lane
August 2nd, 2012 12:37am

I am sorry I don't think I can make it to see you . I thought the world of your dad as a man and a leader for our school . He helped me a lot. God bless you and I am sorry if I don't get to see you .Those were good times at kms

Gary & Grace Clifford
August 1st, 2012 7:05pm
Connersville, IN

Mr. Early was our principal during our years at Rushville High School. We remember him as an outstanding administrator and a caring person. We send our condolences to the family during this time. You know he went home to be with the Lord, for that we rejoice.

Gary Green
August 1st, 2012 12:16am
Syracuse, IN

Ben was principal at KMS while I taught there from 1976 - 1984. Ben was as nice and considerate a man as I've ever met. I never heard him utter a bad word about anyone and never heard any one utter a bad word about him. Can't even think of any of the trouble-making students who didn't think he was fair. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Ben will truly be missed. Gary Green

Terri (Downing) Sowards
July 31st, 2012 1:00pm

My thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Earley's family and friends at this most difficult time. God bless you all and my you find comfort in all the wonderful memories he has left us.

Sandy Febles sexton
July 31st, 2012 1:48am
Muncie, IN

I am so sorry to hear of Ben's passing. He meant so much to our family and will be missed. My sympathy goes to his family.