Born: October 11, 1945 - Deceased: May 11, 2023
Benjamin F. Elms, 77, of Belleville, IL, born Thursday, October 11, 1945, in Sparta, IL, passed away Thursday, May 11, 2023 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, IL.
Benjamin served in the Army for 4 years in which he was able to travel the world and spend several years in France. Ben was the owner of the Leman’s Way Beagle kennels as well as the co-owner and bartender of Heimy & Bens Bar in Fairview Heights. Ben was a member of Gothic Lodge #852 AF & AM, Ainad Shrine, Drum and Bugle Corp as well as the Krazy Klowns. Ben moved to Las Vegas and for 30+ years was a bartender for the Rio. Anyone who knew Ben knew of his love for Golf. Ben made many friends over the years and will be truly missed by all.
He was preceded in death by his:
- Parents: Benjamin Franklin and Mary Alice, nee Cole, Elms
- Former wife: Janet “Fern” Williamson
- Nelma Edison
- Shirley Alvey
Surviving are his:
- Daughter: Patricia “Patty” (Beverly) Elms of Belleville, IL
- Best friend of over 50 years: Karen Horvath
- Several nieces and nephews
Memorials: In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the to the family c/o Patricia J. Elms for funeral expenses.