July 28, 1983 - Sept. 5, 2008

To the surprise of many, Ben, 25 years old, passed in his sleep on Friday from an unknown cause.

He was a free spirit whose life was his family and friends. All who know Ben characterized him as always happy, kind and an open ear to listen. Traveling, Photography and Fun were his passions. He would have gone everywhere in the world, just to come back his loved ones.

He left behind his mother, Marilyn Hicks, his step-dad, Dennis Hicks and sisters, Kerri Kurtz, Erin Hicks and Lindsay Hicks. Ben was born in Seattle, WA and graduated from Western Washington University in Bellingham with a degree in Psychology in 2006.

A Celebration of Ben's Life will be held on Saturday, September 13 at 4:00 p.m. at the Sunriver Owners Association Park (next to the Trouthouse Restaurant) in Sunriver. A reception will follow the celebration.

Please donate in Ben's name to the American Heart Association, File 30947, PO Box 60000, San Francisco, CA, 94160.

Niswonger-Reynolds Funeral Home is serving the family.