Ben Alan Converse was born in Wichita on Jan. 19, 1980. Ben attended schools in the Iola district for the majority of his elementary years and graduated from Marmaton Valley High School in 1998.
Ben died at St Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Okla., Dec. 29, 2018. He chose to be an organ donor. We, as his family, are very proud to share that recipients were found for his heart, both kidneys, both lungs, and his liver.
Ben is preceded in death by his beloved niece, Leah Danielle McDaniel, and his great-nephew, Nicholas Michael Lehman Jr. Ben is survived by his only daughter, Shay Marie Converse, and her mother, Kara, of Broken Arrow, Okla.; stepchildren Kylie Cain and Dayton Marsh and their mother, Miranda, of Chanute. He also is survived by his mother, Cheryl Rohr, and brother, Mike Lehman, both of rural Iola; sisters Tabitha Powell of Montgomery, Ala., Amanda and husband Jimmy McDaniel of Tahlequah, Okla., and Rhonda and husband Doug Wilson, also of rural Iola. Ben has numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews, and leaves behind a tremendous number of life-long friends.
A memorial gathering for family and friends will be held at the LaHarpe Elementary School Jan. 26, 2019, at 11 a.m. Lunch will be provided following the service. Ben has been cremated. Burial of ashes will be handled, by the family, at the Geneva Cemetery once weather is more permissible.