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Ben Buford Herring

May 25, 1939 ~ October 19, 2020 (age 81)


Ben Buford Herring, 81, of Aurora, IL, passed away October 19, 2020 in Myrtle Beach, SC. Born May 25, 1939 in Greenville, AL, he was a son of the late A.B. and Myrtle (Fleming) Herring. Ben was united in marriage to Judith "Judy" Ann (Jaycox) Herring in August of 1981. Ben grew up in Pekin, Illinois and was a graduate of Western Illinois University. After graduation, Ben moved to the Chicagoland suburbs and spent over 40 years in the greater Naperville/Plainfield area. He was a small business owner and for many years was a member of the Plainfield, IL Lions Club. Survivors include his devoted wife, Judy (Jaycox) Herring; a son, Jefferey Herring; four daughters, Danae Mitchell, Leigh Hoyt, Jayne Willard, Jacque Clermont; sister, Kathi Scott; 4 grandsons; 7 granddaughters and 3 great-granddaughters. Ben's passion was innovation and entrepreneurship, which led to many successful business ventures. Ben and Judy spent their free time traveling the world but his favorite family spot for over 30 years was Myrtle Beach, South Carolina where he and Judy have a home. This special spot is where he enjoyed southern food, golf, sunshine and most of all, family and friends. Ben was a kind and generous man. He was a loving husband, caring dad and a fun "Poppy." Ben always had a smile on his face and brought joy and humor everywhere he went. He was an adventurous man who enjoyed boating and riding motorcycles with his longtime friends. A memorial celebration of Ben's life will be held in late November, and will be announced by Friedrich Jones Funeral Home, 44 South Mill Street, Naperville, IL. Send messages to the family using the Guestbook tab above.

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