Ben F. McManama

1924 - 2009



Benjamin Franklin McManama, 85, of Central Point passed away at RVMC on Monday, May 25, 2009, with family by his side.

Ben was born on March 5, 1924, in Shoshoni, Wyoming to parents Frank and May McManama. At an early age his family headed west to Oregon, eventually settling in the Rogue Valley.

Ben graduated from Central Point High School in 1941. He joined the navy and proudly served our country during WWII aboard the U.S.S. Paul G. Baker as a 2nd Class Gunner's Mate. After four years in the military, he returned home and married Phebe Hurd on June 30, 1946. Ben and Phebe welcomed the birth of a daughter Theresa in 1947, followed by their son Randle in 1952.

Ben started working at Southern Oregon Sales, a local pear packing house. He retired after 42 years as a devoted employee with S.O.S. Retirement gave Ben the opportunity to join the church youth group on missions to Mexico during spring break. He affectionately became "Grandpa Ben" to many of those youth.

Ben was a member of Medford Friends Church and had a deep love for the Lord. His faith was strengthened through reading and studying the Bible. He was an active member of the VFW, Table Rock Post #5726. He was also involved in many community organizations, including serving as a member of the Central Point Planning Commission. Ben enjoyed fishing, camping, gardening, craft work, and being with family and friends. Many of his craft projects earned him blue ribbons at the Jackson County Fair.

Ben was a kind, loyal, and loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. He was a quiet, unassuming man, but his twinkling blue eyes spoke volumes. Ben enjoyed a good laugh. There was never a project that he left unfinished. He was a patient soul. Ben was a man of few words, but he lead by example.

Ben is survived by Phebe, his wife of 62 years; his daughter and son-in-law, Theresa and Allen Ziemann; and his son, Randy McManama. Ben was blessed with adoring grandchildren, Paulie, Amanda and her husband Mark, Ryan and his wife Robin, and Natalie and her fianc Lonny. December 2008 brought the arrival of his first great-granddaughter, Lilly. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Ben was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Lois Dykes and Doris Dunphy, and daughter-in-law, Gail McManama.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, May 31, 2009, at 3:00 p.m. at Medford Friends Church, 525 DeBarr Avenue in Medford.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the Medford Friends Church Mexico Missionary Fund or your favorite charitable organization. You may also give blood to the Red Cross as Ben was an advocate of the program, donating more than 10 gallons in his life.