OBITUARY

William "Ben" Kirkham

September 25, 1938June 1, 2019
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William Benjamin Kirkham, of Tacoma, Washington passed away peacefully on Saturday June 1, 2019 after a long courageous battle with cancer.

Ben was born September 25, 1938 in Bethpage, Tennessee. Ben graduated from Gallatin High School in 1956 and was a proud member of the US Navy for 4 years. On January 7th, 1961 Ben married Delores J. Spence and they were married for 58 years. They raised 3 children together, Steve, DeAnna and Jennifer. After the Navy, Ben pursued a career in engineering and business. He worked at Boeing and Tally in Seattle. He then made the decision to enter the world of business and Ben and Delores enjoyed a 27 year career with The Tupperware Corporation. Before retiring from the Tupperware Corporation, they were Distributors and Business owners of Ben Del Enterprises which was the Northwest Washington Distribution Center, Warehouse and Sales Training Facility for the Tupperware Corporation. Ben was and Delores is still active as board members and Treasurer of the Tupperware Alumni Association. Retirement didn't keep Ben still for long as he immediately pursued an interest in Real Estate and later opened a travel franchise of Uniglobe Travel, Inc. Ben enjoyed fishing, golf, traveling and spending time with friends and family. Ben is survived by his wife, Delores S Kirkham, his children, Steve Spence (Karen). DeAnna Brock (Rocky) and Jennifer L Kirkham, 15 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren, and his brother Harry Leon Kirkham Jr (Joann). Ben was predeceased by his parents Harry Leon Kirkham Sr. and Bertha L Kirkham, his sister Joan Kirkham Sherron (Robert) and infant sister Patsy Kirkham.

A memorial service for Ben will be held Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Highline Christian Church, 14859 1st Ave S, Burien, WA 98168. A visitation will occur Tuesday, June 11, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Yarington's/White Center Funeral Home, 10708 16th Ave Sw, Seattle, WA 98146. A graveside service will occur Tuesday, June 11, 2019 from 2:00 PM to 2:30 PM at Riverton Crest Cemetery, 3400 S 140th St, Tukwila, WA 98168. A burial will occur at Riverton Crest Cemetery, 3400 South 140th Street, Tukwila, Washington 98168.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.yaringtons.com for the Kirkham family.

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, June 8, 2019
  • Visitation Tuesday, June 11, 2019
  • Graveside Service Tuesday, June 11, 2019

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Jo Seibert

June 7, 2019

Ben Kirkham was a wonderful friend to many and will be sorely missed. We are forever grateful for our lifelong friendship! Ben was our rock as we said goodbye to our parents, brother, and sister. Always a smile on his face and a kind word to share.

Delores, Steve, DeAnna, Jennifer, and families - you are in our thoughts and prayers. Even though we know Ben is in a beautiful place and free of pain, he leaves a deep hole in the hearts of all who's lives he touched.

Rest in peace, "Uncle Ben", "until we meet again"!

Love - Mike & Jo (Allers) Seibert

Brian Kirkham

June 5, 2019

There are so many good memories of my "uncle Ben" and they all involve him smiling and happy! He brought so much joy to everyone around him...always. But, as I mourn our loss and celebrate heaven's gain, allow me to share a "vision" rather than a memory.

One time when our family had returned for a reunion to the "homeplace" where Leon and Ben and Joan had all grown up, "Daddy K" (Harry Kirkham, Sr.) cupped his hand around the back of my neck, hugged me, and said something I will never forget.

In my vision, it was Ben who received that hug and heard these words...

With Mama K and Joan standing beside him, Daddy K said..."Well, hep my time! Welcome Home, Son!!!"

Marcia Lins

June 3, 2019

Ben had a great sense of humor. He always made things fun. Mom remembers a Tupperware party where he dressed up as Big Bird to lighten things up. There isn't enough of that joy in the world; he'll be missed greatly.

Ken and Diane Fleshman

June 3, 2019

What a wonderful man who made a difference in so many lives! So sad he had to leave his family and friends so soon. Keep his memories with you always. May God comfort Delores and his family.
Thinking of you with love. Ken and Diane

Sherry Altice

June 3, 2019

I was blessed to meet my uncle a few years ago when him and Delores came to Virginia for a family reunion I really wish I was closer love y'all sending love and hugs to my family from all the family in Virginia

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