Benjamin A. Wenzel
December 1, 1990 - July 26, 2010
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Wichmann Funeral Home
537 N. Superior Street
Appleton, WI 54911
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Friday 7/30, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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New Hope Lutheran Church
100 N. Drew Street
Appleton, WI 54911
Monday 8/2, 3:00 pm
Wichmann Funeral Home
537 N. Superior Street
Appleton, WI 54911
920-739-1231 | Map

Benjamin Alan Wenzel, 19, Menasha went to his heavenly father on July 26th, 2010. Ben was born December 1, 1990 at Camp Pendleton, CA to Debra A. (Crawford) Wenzel and Kenneth R. Wenzel, Sr. Ben leaves behind two brothers, Kenneth R. Wenzel, Jr. and Douglas R. Laux, and a daughter, Chloe Wenzel, due August 16,…

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Debbie left a message on September 21, 2013:

Drill Sergeant Miles, Thank you for your kind words. I would greatly appreciate the chance to talk with you about Ben's time at Basic. If you could, please contact me at [email protected]

Laurie Seager left a message on August 20, 2010:
So sorry for the loss of Ben. I always enjoyed his time he spent hanging with both my sons. He will be greatly missed.
Bryan Miles left a message on August 19, 2010:
To Ben's family, It was a pleasure to get to know Ben over the course of his time at Fort Jackson. As his drill sergeant, I saw him morph into a fine soldier and person over the course of ten weeks. I consider myself truly blessed to have been able to get to know Ben, my prayers and thoughts go out to all of Ben's family and friends. His contributions will not be forgotten.
PFC BRAMLET left a message on August 7, 2010:
WENZEL AND I ATTENDED BASIC TRAINING TOGETHER,SAME COMPANY BUT DIFFERENT PLATOONS. HE WAS A WONDERFUL PERSON AND A GREAT BATTLE, I WILL MISS HIM (RIP). I HATE TO HAVE FOUND OUT THIS WAY AND SO LATE. I WOULD HAVE WANTED TO BE THERE BUT IM CURRENTLY IN IRAQ. MY HEART GOES OUT TO YOU ALL FOR YOUR LOST AND I WIL BE PRAYING FOR YOU. GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN,
Zantt left a message on August 6, 2010:
Wenzel and I were in the same platoon in Basic Training. He will always be missed and always remember for the wondeful person he was. He made us all laugh and smile. R.I.P. I'm glad to say I once stood by your side!
Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
Cheri left a message on August 4, 2010:
Kenny. we love you and pray that you get through this trying time. Always your sister, Cheri and Ralph Coble
Tonya Turner left a message on August 4, 2010:
Ken...So sorry to hear about your loss...I know it's a difficult time for you and your family...only time will improve the sorrow of your loss, but you will always have your memories of all the good times with your son....Prayers and well wishes go out to you and yours...Tonya
Cheri left a message on August 4, 2010:
Dear Debra, I will always cherish the times you came to visit Dennis and I in Texas, and Florida.I'll be here for you always, Love Cheri beary
Deb Abbott left a message on August 3, 2010:
Deb, My heart goes out to you and your family at this very difficult time. May Jesus wrap his loving arms around you and comfort you. I pray you know that Ben is being taken care of and is loving you from above. Warmest regards, Deb Abbott
Nancy Nally left a message on August 3, 2010:
May you find some small moments of peace in your happy memories of Benjamin. My condolences on your loss.
Heidi Schoenhals left a message on August 2, 2010:
May God bring you peace and comfort. My heart goes out to you and your family. Heidi Schoenhals
Chris Wertel left a message on August 2, 2010:
Debbie, I'm so sorry for your loss! I've been thinking about you ever since I heard and just wanted to let you know that people are out here caring about you and your family. Ben was a charming kid; I can't begin to imagine how you're feeling. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Jackie McCann-Marsden left a message on August 2, 2010:
Deb and Family, I am so sorry for your loss, I cannot imagine the pain you are going through. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Jackie
Steven Wilson left a message on July 31, 2010:
Ben and Family- May God bless and care for all of you. I read about Ben's wonderful life and would have very much enjoyed hangin' out with him @ the Burial Chamber! He's my kinda guy! Take Care.
Derek Bergmann left a message on July 31, 2010:
Im sorry, i did not attend the service, i have just found out as of last night. Im sorry Ben's mom. He was a good friend and offered a new incite on all aspects of life. I wish you all well to be able to see that he will be missed but will never be forgotten by any of his friends, past and current.
Barbara Pearson left a message on July 31, 2010:
My family and I are saddened by your loss. I didn't know Ben very well, since I haven't seen him since he was little. But I feel your pain and I'm very sorry that we didn't get to know each other. Life is shorter than you think, cherish all the days with family and friends. Ben will be missed and forever in our hearts. Love Always.....Barbara Pearson
Terri Allen left a message on July 30, 2010:
Ken, To you and your family many thoughts and prayers sent your way. Terri
Bev Besch left a message on July 30, 2010:
Deb, I'm so very sorry for your loss. You & your family are in my thoughts & prayers. The one thing no one can take away are your memories of Ben. My hope is that they will give you comfort & peace. I am here if you ever need someone to listen. God's Blessings, Bev
Vicki Kranzusch left a message on July 30, 2010:
Deb, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your son. My prayers for God to comfort you with all of your wonderful memories and the pride you will always have of your son. Take Care, Love, Vicki Kranzusch
Kurt Thelen left a message on July 30, 2010:
Ken I'm so sorry for you and you family. I remember you talking of Ben and how proud you were of him completing basic. Remember he will be with you and your family always and his memories will live forever in your hearts.
Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
Lisa Anderson left a message on July 30, 2010:
Deb - Know that when you are ready, you have people who are there for you to lean on. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Brad Hausher left a message on July 30, 2010:
Debbie I am so sorry to hear about your loss ! My thoughts are with you ! Your Friend ! Brad
Kit Andrews and Family left a message on July 30, 2010:
Ken and Family: There are no words to express our sorrow in the face of your enourmous loss. We know how proud you were of Ben, and can only imagine how much he will be missed. Please know we are here for you, and no matter where you are, we're only a phone call away. Our prayer is that God will comfort you.
Peter Rubsam left a message on July 29, 2010:
Hi Deb, I was so sorry to hear about Benjamin's untimely passing. Trust in our savior Jesus Christ for strength and comfort. Take care, Peter
Lisa Wouters left a message on July 29, 2010:
Deb & Family, I am so sorry to hear of Ben's passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Dave Wiertzema left a message on July 29, 2010:
Deb, So sorry to here about Ben, my heart goes out to you.
Guy Bratton left a message on July 29, 2010:
I first met Ben as his cabin counselor at Lake Lundgren Bible Camp in 1999. I guess Ben was about 7-8 years old at the time. He came to be known as "frog boy," because we literally had to check his pockets for frogs before chapel or at bed time. He was most at home catching frogs in those days. A few years later it seemed right that he should adopt our dog Holly who need someone to love and be loved by. I am still in shock to hear of his sudden death. I am glad to have shared his life, if only briefly. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Natalie Adelmund left a message on July 29, 2010:
I share in the sorrow in the loss of Ben. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Though we may be grieving, let us find memories to keep him alive in our hearts. May God comfort you. Hugs and love...Natalie
Dan Salm left a message on July 29, 2010:
Deb and family so sorry for your loss, you'll be in my prayers.
Leslie Swinford left a message on July 29, 2010:
Deb - Somehow you will find the strength to lift yourself up and carry on, but in the meantime please know that you and your family are in my prayers. If you ever need anything, please don't hesitate to stop in.
Veronica Stueber left a message on July 29, 2010:
I'm so sorry for your loss. If there is anything I can do, please let me know. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Jill Hermans left a message on July 29, 2010:
Deb, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your son. Please know that my thoughts are with you and your family. Jill Hermans
Adrienne Rickman left a message on July 29, 2010:
I am sorry for your loss. My thought and prayers are with you for ever.
Darlene Court left a message on July 29, 2010:
We will keep you in our prayers. So very sorry.
Jenny & Sam Mallmann left a message on July 29, 2010:
Deb, You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. So sorry for your loss.
Mary Green left a message on July 29, 2010:
I'm so very sorry for your loss. I can't even begin to imagine...if there is anything I can do, let me know. Mary
Bob Graves left a message on July 29, 2010:
Deb, I am sorry to hear your loss. The very least I wanted you to know that I am out here and I care. I will continue to pray for you and your family. My condolences, Bob Graves
Stacy Schmidt left a message on July 29, 2010:
I am so sorry for your loss. The loss of a child seems so unfair. God has his reasons for which we may never know why. My prayers are with you and your family.
Judy left a message on July 29, 2010:
Deb, Ben grasped fully the meaning of living authentically. He was frustrated that not everyone knows how to do that. He lived several lives in one short one by being so fully himself. Question everything! Live a real life that follows no one but wanders into the unexplored. You gave him that, Deb. And he gave it back to you.
Vicky Ebelt left a message on July 29, 2010:
My son, Nick, was friends with Ben and had great things to say about him. My heart goes out to family and friends as they grieve the loss of this special young man. Paul, Nick, Alyssa, and friends, grieve for Ben but realize how precious life is.
Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
Phyllis & Jerry Brooks left a message on July 28, 2010:
Ben was loved and will be missed.
Chris, Angela, Lily and Ella Hursh left a message on July 28, 2010:
Ken and family-we want you to know that we love you and pray for God's peace for you at this sad time. We hope memories of Ben lift your spirits and that your hearts are comforted. Love, the Hursh's.
Jo Ann & Jon Mignon left a message on July 28, 2010:
So sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. He will certainly be missed. Jo Ann and Jon Mignon
Megan Wolf left a message on July 28, 2010:
Ben and I we're never really close. But I do consider us good friends. I met Ben through a girl he used to date, and he was always a charasmatic individual. He lived with a friend of mine, and they went out of their way to visit me at school and just hang out. I'll miss Ben like crazy, but its not goodbye forever. I love you, Ben. Give Jim a hug for me.
Cara Mia & Dave McMullen left a message on July 28, 2010:
Ken, Shannon & Family- We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through this difficult time.
Kayla Fischer left a message on July 28, 2010:
Brother <3 I still can not believe that you are really gone. One month ago we were jamming in your car singing and laughing. Taking pictures and talking about the future. We planned on me visting in september so you could show me what you did here in wisconsin. Never did I think I would arrive two months early to say goodbye. I can't grasp the thought that you are seriously gone. I am waiting for you to send me a text or come to grandmas and hug me. We were so much alike that's why we got along so well. I don't know how I am going to get thru this because I need you in my life. I still remember when we first met. I was in fourth grade and came home from practice and there sat you and kenny (: I was so happy knowing I had two older brothers and I was your little sister (: your an amazing brother and friend and you have been there for me everytime I needed you. I miss you more than you imagine. Tell grandpa I love him. Love you forever and always Your little sister <3
Patti Markham left a message on July 28, 2010:
To the family of Benjamin Wenzel, I can not tell you enough what an important part of my life he became. I will hold his memory in my heart forever and felt priviledged to have had him in my life even for a short while. He was good man with a loving soul and I will never forget him.
Janet Sims left a message on July 28, 2010:
But Not My Heart: These feet of mine might someday stray, to other countries far away; I might search pastures much more green and find life's beauties in between. Who know the path that they might lead...the times of joy, the times of need. From fireside joys I might depart; my feet might stray - but not my heart. Who knows the trials tomorrow holds, the cares and burdens life unfolds; for days won't always bring a smile, nor each tomorrow be worthwhile. Time changes many things, I know; it changes dreams we treasure so. And yet I've known it from the start; the world moves on - but not my heart. There are memories in this precious place, to warm my soul and light my face; the years have added wondrous love; tis here I pray to God above, whatever else, whatever might be, this dear old place is part of me. And though I roam, we'll never part; my feet might stray - but not my heart. Prayers to you and your family Deb, Ben will always be in your heart. Janet & Rik Sims
Wichmann Funeral Home & Crematories left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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