Benjamin F. Walford, age 84, of Bella Vista, Arkansas left this life December 2, 2019 after a long battle with cancer. He was born October 26, 1935 the son of Harry and Edna Walford.
He served his country in the South Dakota National Guard and was a military veteran.
Benjamin lived most of his life in South Dakota, working in the lumber business all his life. In early years he worked for chain lumber yards. He worked hard and opened his own yard, Milbank Lumber, for 25 years. After retiring he and his wife moved to Bella Vista but continued to enjoy summers in South Dakota. He loved to golf.
Preceded in death by his parents, sister Gladys, brothers Gearold (Bud) and Gilbert, and brother-in-law Ronald Schmidt.
Left to cherish his memories are his loving wife of 57 years Carole (Schmidt); children Belinda Rupp (Arthur) and Brett Walford (Julie); sister Elvina Johnson and sisters-in-law LuEtta Walford and Norma (Schmidt) Schwichtenberg, brother-in-law Jerry Willis; grandchildren, Brooke Adams, Alex Walford, Madison Walford, Benjamin C. Walford, Alyssa Rupp and Julia Rupp; and great granddaughter Kate Adams.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 14th at 9:30 a.m. at United Lutheran Church, 100 Cooper Road, Bella Vista.
A memorial service and burial will be held at a later date in Milbank, South Dakota.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Circle of Life Hospice, 1201 NE Legacy Parkway, Bentonville, AR 72712 or the American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org.
Arrangements are by Bella Vista Funeral Home & Crematory. Condolences may be expressed at www.funeralmation.com.