OBITUARY

Benjamin "Ben" Arthur Meyer

December 5, 1975April 20, 2020

Benjamin Arthur Meyer, 44, born in Pusan, South Korea, joined his big sister, Becky Meyer Soulia, in heaven on April 20, 2020. He leaves behind his brother, Eric Charles Meyer, and parents Steve and Gail Meyer, and grandparents Robert and Gwen Meyer and Charles and Norma McDade, all of Chattanooga. In addition, he loved so much his niece and nephew, Morgan and Evan Soulia, and brother-in-law Jon Soulia in Pittsburgh. Ben will be missed by many aunts, uncles, and cousins as well.

Ben was an interesting and intelligent fellow. He had just finished his computer engineering degree at UTC and had a thriving eBay business. He had a wealth of both trivial and important knowledge, and when he got into a disagreement he was usually correct (and always thought so). He read every type of nonfiction but was particularly interested in economics and history. His favorite sports were soccer and swimming, and he made many trips to Pennsylvania to see Morgan in swim meets and then to the University of Richmond to watch her swim there. He wanted Evan to be as much of a Star Wars fan as he was and spent weeks with him making phone cases for the whole family on his 3-D printer. Ben made many long-lasting friends. Among his special ones were Tim Medina and all the rest of the gang that he met while living in Rockford, Illinois, and his classmates from Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences, class of 1994. Cancer took him too soon, just as it did his sister, but we will cherish his memory forever!

A memorial service will be at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made in Ben's name to Good Shepard Lutheran Church, 822 Belvoir Ave., Chattanooga, TN 37412

Please share your memories of Ben with the family at www.chattanoogaeastbrainerdchapel.com

Arrangements are by the East Brainerd Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist, 8214 E. Brainerd Rd., Chattanooga, TN 37421.

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Joe Dumas

April 30, 2020

So sorry to hear of Ben's passing. I had him as a student in several of my classes and he was a genuinely nice guy. Ben struggled at times to complete all the courses for his Computer Engineering degree, but he never gave up. I am glad he was able to complete all his degree requirements before he left us, far too soon. My sincere condolences to Gail, Steve, and all Ben's family and friends.

Jon Soulia

April 28, 2020

I have so many great memories of time together with Ben. From the early years when he visited Becky and Me in New Hampshire, or the year we did a boys night out in Boston, to the years in Vt and all of the late nights he and I spent together during Christmas break. We had some amazing family vacations together in Pompano Beach, Gatlinburg, Myrtle Beach...so many awesome years, great laughs and spirited debates. I particularly remember the Pennsylvania State Swimming Championships, sitting in the stands together and making sure the competition never cheered louder than us (I have the video to prove it 🙂). Ben sure loved being engaged in anything related to Morgan and Evan. I cherish my memories of Ben and will miss him more than words can express. I find comfort knowing Ben is celebrating Gods blessing with Becky. I love you Ben, rest easy Brother.

bill kennedy

April 28, 2020

I am saddened to learn of Ben's passing. Steve and Gail, it was my honor to be able to know and observe Ben as a middle school and high school student. He was so loved by his peers, always the center of activity and conversations. I will continue to have you and all of Ben's family in my thoughts and prayers. May God's arms surround you and give you Peace in these days ahead.
Blessings,

Bill Kennedy

Kelly Nichols

April 27, 2020

My favorite memories of Ben were watching him interact with strangers. It seemed like every time we hung out he had a way of striking up conversations with people. There was something about his personality that completely disarmed people. For example, I remember being at Waffle House with him and the waitress brought him free food, just because he made her laugh. He made everybody laugh. He just had a way of drawing people in with his personality. I was drawn to his sense of humor and authenticity. I’m thankful for all the great high school memories I shared with him, and I value every interaction I had with him as an adult. He was genuine. I’m proud to have known him, and I’m even more proud to call him a friend.

Becky Aragon

April 27, 2020

I spent a lot of time at Ben’s house due to being great friends with his sister, Becky. He was kind of like a little brother to me! He always tried to tag along with us and we would give him a hard time, but truthfully did not care. He had a great heart and was always very kind!!!!

Jimmie Ovington

April 25, 2020

The Ovington and Meyer family attended Lutheran School and Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd Church when our children were young. Becky, Ben and Eric were friends with my sons James and Zach., Ben was a deep thinker and quite brilliant and sensitive . Gail and Steve had a wonderful, diverse family and it was fun to be in their home. Becky’s loss was tragic and now how heartbreaking that Ben is gone so young, also. May God comfort all who knew and loved Ben. Rest In Peace . Ms. Jimmie Ovington

Jeanine Otte

April 25, 2020

I will always remember Ben as smart, caring, funny, clever, and inventive. I remember one night as kids (I was probably 12 or 13 and Ben in HS) he made us younger cousins these fancy coffee drinks at his house and we stayed up late laughing and making jokes. I can see his face now getting a kick out of us being so slap happy. Later as adults when Ben was in Rockford we hung out a few times. I was working as a union organizer in Chicago and he loved to get into debates about unionism, capitalism, and free markets. Ben was also very considerate and gave me some surprise gifts that I never expected and were very touching. I will remember and love Ben always. I am grateful I was able to communicate with him right before his passing. I am sending all my love to Eric, Aunt Gail, Uncle Steve, and Morgan, Evan, and Jon. May Ben Rest In Peace. Love you all.

Renai Meyer

April 24, 2020

Ben was one of the smartest people I knew and to hear of his passing absolutely broke my heart. It's so surreal to me. The was never a dull moment when he was around. Even when he was wrong he was right and he would definitely have a debate until he proved he was right. It was hilarious! I will miss those debates. My heart goes out to Mom, Dad and Eric. Ben was a person who had a huge presence in my eye and I will miss him dearly. He is reunited with his sister in heaven now so I know he's happy and in a great place. He will definitely be missed.

Kyle Bruns

April 24, 2020

I remember vividly Ben and Eddie McCrary playing on the varsity soccer team as freshmen. Ben was hands down the fastest guy on our team. As much as I hated to admit it. My sincerest condolences

April Lander

April 24, 2020

Ben was kind, witty, brilliant, and challenged my thoughts and opinions since 7th grade without belittling or condescending. I think he was probably right about everything he said. His smile could fill his whole face and I can still hear his laugh even though I haven’t actually heard it in years. Ben & I weren’t close friends, and I don’t think we ever hung out outside of school except for a high school dance. We went together as friends after discussing that it was cheaper to buy a couple’s ticket than to each buy individual ones and neither of us were dating anyone at the time. The past several years, we’ve only interacted through social media where he was a constant. Ben was brilliant at math so when he was recently in the hospital and unable to have any visitors, I posted a math problem for him that my son was curious about & thought could be unsolvable due to missing information. Ben solved it using dimensional analysis (he had to explain that to me, of course) on the bottom of leftover styrofoam dinnerware by the light of the fading sun through his window. Ben’s passing leaves a hole in this world. His impact was far-reaching and I’m not sure he realized how beloved he is among so many people. Love and comfort to his family and closest friends. If I am so saddened by his passing, I recognize your loss is so much more. -April Owens Lander

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