Robert Paul Benjamin “Ben” Snell

26-year-old Robert Paul Benjamin “Ben” Snell, passed away Sunday, July 26.

He was born July 14, 1994, in Olney, Illinois, the son of James Robert Snell and Amber (Pottorff) Smith.

Ben attended school in Flora and was a graduate of Grayville High School. He attended Lake Land Community College and earned certificates in welding and custodial maintenance. He worked in the oil fields as a roughneck and floorhand and enjoyed time spent outdoors hunting and fishing. Ben enjoyed reading, was very interested in learning new things, and had an impressive ability to retain facts and knowledge. He loved his family and friends dearly.

He is survived by his father: James (Courtney) Snell of Portland, IN; mother: Amber (Harold) Smith of Robinson; 3 sisters: Brittani Leigh Ann Snell of Portland, IN, Brandi Nicole (Harrison) Smith of Robinson, and Elayna Rene Paro of Portland, IN; paternal grandparents: Robert and Leanna Snell Jr. of Clay City; maternal grandparents: Paula and Jay Scott of Olney and Andy Pottorff of Fairfield; aunts and uncles: Juli (Tyler) Thompson, Jeremy Snell, Drew (Tara) Pottorff, Ben (Lesli) Pottorff, Haley Pottorff, Chelsea Pottorff, Brennan Williams, and Tyler Colson; cousins: Tisha (Gary) Blanchard, Oakley Blanchard, Raylan Blanchard, Tad Thompson (DeeDee), Trey Thompson (Jessica), Serenity Thompson, Kaylyn Snell, Eleanor Snell, Aiden and Eli, and also Ean, Isaac, and Eli Pottorff; a number of great aunts and uncles; and other extended family and special friends.

He was preceded in death by his paternal great-grandparents: Robert and Wilma Snell and Harold and Iva Turner; maternal great-grandparents: Paul & Betty Farny and W.A. and Alta Pottorff; and cousins: Tiffany Brooke Thompson and Dalton Dakota Ray Snell.

A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 4 at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora. Interment will follow in Kneff Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday evening from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial donations are suggested to the family to assist with final expenses and will be accepted through the funeral home. To share a memory or condolence visit: www.frankandbright.com