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McGilley & Sheil Funeral Home & Cremation Services

11924 East 47th Street, Kansas City, MO

OBITUARY

Benjamin Joseph Van Bibber

October 4, 1985September 5, 2020

Benjamin Joseph Van Bibber, 34, of Gladstone, MO passed away September 5, 2020. Services will be held on Friday, September 11th at Nativity of Mary Catholic Church, 10010 E. 40 HWY, Independence, MO. Visitation from 5pm-7:30pm and Memorial Service from 7:30pm-8pm.

Ben was born in Independence, MO on October 4, 1985 to Mike & Loretta (Seigler) Van Bibber. He graduated from St. Mary's High School, class of 2004, where he made a host of friends that were more like brothers. The only thing Ben loved more than baseball was his family. He was funny, kind and a great friend.

Ben was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Jimmie & Dorothy Van Bibber and his maternal grandparents, Walter & Eleanor Seigler. Left behind to cherish his memory are his wife, Jessica and their two children, Jameson & Brooklyn. He is also survived by his parents, Mike & Loretta Van Bibber; a brother, Nick Van Bibber; a sister, Elizabeth Van Bibber along with numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends.

In lieu of flowers, a go fund me page has been set up to help defray funeral expenses. If you wish to contribute, please go to https://www.gofundme.com/f/van-bibber-family-memorial-fund-for-ben.

Services

  • Vistation

    Friday, September 11, 2020

  • Memorial Service

    Friday, September 11, 2020

Memories

Benjamin Joseph Van Bibber

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Jill McLain

September 10, 2020

To Jameson and your family,
So sorry to hear about your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Take care.
Jill McLain

Terry & Thresa Messa

September 9, 2020

Ben was amazing friend, who will be missed. His love for life was uncomparable. He touched so many. To his family, Jess, Jamo and Brooklyn, may God comfort you and give you strength. We love you.

Sandy Butler

September 9, 2020

This photo brings me both joy and sadness. All of us cousins in one picture rarely happens and now it will never be possible again. We are a tight group and the saying "your cousins are your first friends" couldn't be more true for us.

I will always remember Ben's laugh and goofy smile. He gave the best hugs and always knew just when someone needed one. I will always cherish the memories of hanging out at Grandma & Grandpa's playing in the back room after opening Christmas presents, playing football in the street, walking to Our Lady of Lourdes to play on the playground, sledding, jumping on the trampoline, and all the injuries that came along with growing up with the Seiglers. ;)

Even though our hearts are breaking, I know Ben is at peace. He is with some very special people watching over us all. I can picture Ben and Sharon Ann talking about all things baseball. Ben will be deeply missed, but will be remembered fondly. Rest in peace cuz, I love you!

Cecelia Favrow

September 9, 2020

My heart goes out to the entire Van Bibber family. I am keeping you all in my prayers.

Gary Smith

September 9, 2020

I'm at a loss of words. Ben was a light to many. He was always ready to lend a hand even If he didn't know what he was doing! And yes! He loved his family, wife, kids, his parents and baseball! Alot! We had many talks after he and his family moved in and we became quite close. He would compliment us about our kids all of the time and looked out for them as well. He would tell me that there was a reason why they moved next door to us because when we talked, I would just speak the truth (in love of course) about certain things in his life and share scripture with him. It was because I cared for him and his family. I grew to love Ben not just as a neighbor but as a brother and a friend. We will most definitely miss him dearly.

Continually praying for you all for comfort and peace during these trying times.

Lauren Pouche

September 9, 2020

Lauren Pouche

September 9, 2020

I first met Ben over 10 years ago when my brother-in-law John played in a band with my dad. John and Ben grew up together, and Ben was always front row at just about every Southbound show. I’ve never seen dance moves like his! He had a way to make people laugh and to get them to boogie, even if he had to drag them out on the dance floor to do it, including myself. He brought so much laughter when we would all get together. Ben was rarely in a bad mood and his smile lit up any room. He was the funny guy, the goofy guy; the guy you wanted to be around. I remember Ben always had a way of profusely sweating no matter what he was eating, including the time he was eating ice cream...dripping sweat. He could barely get his ice cream down because he was laughing so hard. He was never without a smile and his smile was contagious. May you Rest In Peace, Ben.

Mario Osborn

September 8, 2020

It’s the only picture I have of Ben, it was the day my cousin Justin got married and we were his grooms men. What great day all of us together having a blast. I’m going to miss Ben very much, but I know he’s in a better place and I will see him again someday. Love you brother!

Rosie Russell

September 8, 2020

Jessica, Jameson and Brooklyn, our thoughts are with you all.
I'm so happy we had all the conversations with Ben at baseball this past year. Our most recent one was when we talked about his high school days and all his love for sports.
He spoke of his parents, brother and sister so often. So much love!
He loved his wife and children dearly!
Our love and prayers are sent for you all.
Bob and Rosie

Prudy Malaponte

September 8, 2020

Ben was like another son to me he spent many days and nights here. Our hearts are crushed but we have such good memories of the fun he brought into this house. All of the boys he hung around and all of the “moms” were like one big family for many years. We all watched out for each other.
He will be missed, but the memories will last forever. Rest In Peace Ben we love you.
To all of the family my continued prayers and love are sent to each of you.
Much love, Prudy

FROM THE FAMILY

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