Bennie M. Rule (1933-2004)
Former Steamboat Springs resident and longtime Alaskan Ben Rule died peacefully at his home on July 25, 2004. Rule, 70, was surrounded by his wife, children and a brother at the time of his death.
Ben was born Oct. 5, 1933, in Phillipsburg, Kan., to Vyrus and Vivian Rule. The family moved to Steamboat Springs in 1938. Ben attended Steamboat Springs High School, from which he graduated in 1951.
He married Norieta Webber on June 6, 1954.
Ben and his family moved to Alaska in 1957, making their first home in Sutton. In 1961 they moved to Soldotna, and in 1966 they moved to their current home in Anchorage.
He worked as a teamster line driver, accomplishing more than 30 years of accident-free driving. Ben was a devoted and respected member of Teamster Local 959, and he was an active union supporter throughout his life.
After his retirement in 1991, Ben stayed busy by working as a diesel mechanic and helping his wife sell Horizon Lubricant products.
Ben loved fishing, motor-homing, boating in Homer, playing guitar, writing songs and poetry, and most of all, good times with family and friends. He was a generous man who lived every day to its fullest. His guidance, good humor and storytelling will be missed. His bravery during his short battle with cancer was inspirational.
Ben was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Verle Rule and Raymond Rule.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Norieta; a son, Joe Rule and his wife, Leslie; three daughters, Benita Hamilton and her husband, Brian, Karen Hill and her husband, John, and Barbara Inman and her husband, Mike; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a brother, Jimmie Rule of Hotchkiss; and an extended family of dear friends.
A memorial service was held July 30, 2004, at the Teamsters Local 959 building in Anchorage.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to Hospice of Anchorage, 500 W. International Airport Road, Suite C, Anchorage, AK, 99518.
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