BEN CARLISLE passed away peacefully August 8th due to complications from surgery. First and foremost, he was a deeply devoted husband to Katherine (nee James, deceased) and loving father and teacher to his children Karen Ely, Diana (Kent) Lamoreux, Richard (Cheryl) and Robert (Betty) and grandchildren Robin (Kevin) Grier, April Ely, Alison (Tim) Mackin, Todd Lamoreux, Brian, Amy, Lee, Ross and Nancy Carlisle and great grandchildren, Isabella and Cole Mackin. He was preceded in death by his brother, Leonard, and leaves his sister Doris (Howard) Parson.
He sustained a lifelong love of learning fueled by an endless curiosity and thirst for knowledge. He was fascinating company due to his wide and varied expertise and experience. He flew a single-engine airplane the day before surgery.
Ben Carlisle led an exemplary life, always doing the right thing, no matter how difficult or challenging. He was never unkind to a soul. Ben was a role model to everyone, always serving as an example of how life should be gracefully lived. As he once wrote A profit when honestly made, Adds stature to anyone’s name, But profits unethically gained, Are losses, whatever the game.
Ben was successful in life and work. Born February 10, 1920, Ben grew up in Akron, Ohio. Shortly after graduating North High, he began working as a ham radio operator and continued doing so during World War II. He served in Europe and became a decorated war hero. After serving his country, he attended Duke University, graduated in 1946 with an electrical engineering degree, and was employed by Clark Control, Incorporated, where he earned many promotions and was appointed Director of Engineering in 1969. Ben developed several patented products and wrote numerous scientific articles during his employment at Clark Control. He also worked as an engineer for A. O. Smith and GTE before retiring in 1977.
During retirement, Ben learned to play the organ and pursued a writing career that resulted in the publication of numerous poems and writing and editing for Machine Design magazine until 1988.
Thereafter, Ben enjoyed traveling and golfing with his wife, Katherine, and continually expanded his mind through the use of advanced technology, solving every problem in several college physics books, downloading economics lectures and reading about topics ranging from history, geography, politics, biology and chemistry to art.
He will be dearly missed by everyone whose life he touched. Although his passing will leave an enormous void, the lives of his family and friends have been forever enriched and blessed by loving him. “I live, work and play by the rules, And from that I have gained this perception: There’s never a rule writ so broad, That there’s never a need for exception.”
Family will join friends for a Memorial Visitation on Wednesday, August 11, 2010 from 6 to 8 PM at Carlson Funeral Homes & Cremation Services 3477 Medina Road (corner of River Styx and Rt. 18), Medina, Ohio, also 1 hour prior at 11 AM to Funeral Service at 12 Noon on Thursday, August 12, 2010 at the funeral home . Inurnment will follow at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, Rittman.