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Benjamin Beeghly

December 4, 1978 - November 9, 2019


Benjamin  BeeghlyBenjamin John Beeghly, age 40, died unexpectedly on November 9th, 2019 in the Willamette National Forest. Ben was born in Ellensburg, Washington on December 4th, 1978. He attended North Salem High School and had been residing in Salem for the last six years.

Ben loved to travel and spent time living in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Chicago. He traveled with friends throughout Europe and also visited Columbia and Costa Rica. His true passion was the great outdoors and he was most in his element while camping, fishing, bird watching, and foraging for mushrooms. Ben also loved music and at one time played in a band with his brother Nate.

His family and many loving friends will miss him greatly. Benjamin is survived by his mother, Mary Jo Beeghly (Salem), his father and step-mother, Dale and Nancy Beeghly (Phoenix), and his brothers Nathan and Camden Beeghly (Portland). A birthday party and celebration of life will be held on December 4th in Portland at Misdemeanor Meadows, 6920 SE 52nd Ave.
 

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   I remember Ben, my nephew, as a young man who was gentle and grateful.  When I saw him with his grandmother, my mom, Barbara Beeghly he was so kind and gentle to her.  She loved him in a special way as he was her first grand child.
   On one occasion when I was visiting my parents in Phoenix, Arizona, and Ben was there, I took a picture of Ben with his arm around his grandma Beeghly, and leaning his head into hers.  She had a big smile on her face.
   Ben and I had been texting the week before his death.   His texting included, "I sure appreciate the offer,"  I had offered to go to Salem and pick Ben up to come to Portland for his dad's early birthday celebration with his brothers, a good friend of his dad's, and myself.
Uncle Dan