Benjamin C. Gleason

Date of Death: Mar 11, 2013
Benjamin C. Gleason
[highlight_text] (1985 – 2013) [/highlight_text] Benjamin C. Gleason, 27, of Madison, died on Monday, March 11, 2013.


[leftcolumn]Ben was born July 22, 1985 in Beaver Dam the son of Neil Gleason and Deborah Jabas. Ben attended Waupun schools and later graduated from Northwest Academy in Naples, ID. Ben worked as a log home builder in Grand Lake, CO. He later attended MATC in Madison and was employed at various restaurants in Madison as wait staff and other positions. He loved hip hop music and enjoyed making beats and creating songs with friends. He was a good basketball and soccer player, learning the latter when the family lived a year in Scotland. Ben loved his dog, Emmy, who was deaf, but Ben was able to teach her sign language. Ben enjoyed the Green Bay Packers, the Wisconsin Badgers, and the Milwaukee Bucks. He and his parents often played feisty Scrabble matches together. Much of Ben’s time was spent at Connections Counseling in Madison where he received guidance and loving kindness from peers and a truly wonderful staff.

Ben is survived by his loving parents, Neil Gleason and Deborah Jabas of Waupun; his sister, Emily (Erik) Wettersten of Golden, CO; maternal grandmother, Nancy Bruce of Summit Lake, WI; and aunts, uncles, cousins, and his special dog, Emmy.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents and maternal grandfather.

[rightcolumn] [highlight_text] Visitation: [/highlight_text] Friends and relatives of Ben Gleason may call on the family on Sunday from 3-6 p.m. at the Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home and on Monday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.

[rightcolumn] [highlight_text] Services: [/highlight_text] Memorial services for Ben Gleason will be held Monday, March 18, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at Union-Congregational Church in Waupun with Rev. Mark Arbisi officiating.

[rightcolumn] [highlight_text] Memorial Contributions: [/highlight_text] The family requests memorials be sent to Recovery Foundation (an affiliate of Connections Counseling) 5005 University Avenue, Suite 100 Madison, WI 53705 or online at to make a donation which will provide funding for uninsured young people in need of alcohol and drug treatment.



  1. Ann De Tienne Says: March 13, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Wishing Benny’s friends and family well during this difficult time. I will miss Benny’s smile and joy. He was a truely good person and am happy I had the chance to get to know him.

  2. Diann Raith Says: March 13, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    Debbie and Neil,
    I just wanted to let you know how sorry I am for your loss, being a good friend of your mothers I know she is also dealing with this terrible loss. You are all in my prayers and thoughts, and I will do whatever I can for your mother when she returns home.
    With sincere sympathy to all of you.

    Diann Raith
    Summit Lake WI

  3. Jodi Kulick Says: March 13, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Debbie, Neil and Emily,
    So sorry for your loss with the passing of Ben. Know that my prayers are with you. Be at peace~

  4. Matt Butkiewicz Says: March 14, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Neal and Family, I am saddened to hear of your loss. I can only imagine the heartache, that you are filled with at this time. May you find peace somewhere amongst this tragedy . My thoughts and prayers will be with you all.
    Matt Butkiewicz

  5. Debbie and family,
    Life is so unfair!!! At this sad time may you be open to receiving back in abundance all you have given and done for others. Myself included.
    I still remember your story of 4- year old Ben, hiding in a ditch with paper towel binoculars, “Scoping Out Babes!”

  6. Wayne Huberty Says: March 14, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    My sympathies. I am so sorry for your loss. I helped you through tax and financial planning situations perhaps 10 years ago. I know of your heartfelt efforts, parenting and love. Be at peace. Ben is. The demons are gone. Best wishes to family and friends.

    Wayne Huberty

  7. lisa foodim Says: March 14, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Things about Ben I will always remember. Ben was tender with me and with anyone and anything vulnerable. With those he loved, Ben was loyal and devoted. Ben was filled with doubts about himself but he had confidence in others, in me, that I attempted to mirror back to him. I never saw Ben high but I would speak to him and tell how much I missed the piece of him that was untouchable when he was high. He would always apologize. He would never lie but did try to protect me from the truth.

    I loved seeing Ben laugh, I loved listening to music with him, and I loved our conversations. Ben was fun and Ben was sensitive. He brought out the same in me. I cannot believe I will never see him again. And to his family, you are in my heart always.

  8. Betty Ehnes Says: March 14, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Neil, Debbie and Emily,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. The love you all
    shared will give you strength to get through this difficult time.
    Love, Boo

  9. Barbara Loomans Says: March 15, 2013 at 7:23 am

    I was so sorry to read of the loss of your son Ben. My prayers and thoughts will be with your family and friends during this difficult time.

  10. Emily & Nate Says: March 15, 2013 at 8:32 am

    Neil , Deb and Emily

    I’m so sorry and saddened to hear the news of Ben’s passing. Your family is very dear to me, and I can’t imagine the pain you are going through now. My thoughts are with all of you, and I’m sending you all my love.

    Emily Schuessler (Wright)

  11. Shawn and Maria Larson Says: March 15, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Neil and family,
    We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your son Ben.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this
    difficult time.
    Shawn and Maria Larson

  12. Jim O'Keefe Says: March 17, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Dear Neil, Deborah & Emily,

    My sincere condolences of the loss of Ben.
    My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family
    at this difficult time.

    Jim O’Keefe

  13. Nikki Cerney & family Says: March 17, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Neil, Debbie, & Family, My love and prayers are with all of you. There aren’t words that I can provide that can lessen your heartache and grief but please know that Ben’s courage, achievements and beautiful soul will continue to always live on in the stories and memories Neil shared with us over the years. With all my love, sympathy, and continued prayers. Nikki

  14. Craig Ehnes Says: March 18, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Neil & Deb,
    So sorry for your loss. I just can’t imagine what you must be going through, but hopefully time will help heal you pain.

  15. Kari Ryan Says: March 22, 2013 at 11:06 am

    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your son, Ben…I am thinking of you right now. I pray that you find peace and hold on to each other to heal.
    Kari Ryan

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