He was born in Emden, Germany in 1940 and emigrated to the United States after WWII. He was a naturalized citizen and, as a U.S. Army veteran, he served most of his tour of duty in his native Germany acting as a translator.
Ben was a mason and a long-time employee at U.S. Steel in Lorain and a member of United Steelworkers’ Union Local 1104. He retired after 30 years of service.
Ben was preceded in death by his parents, John and Bertha Thole, and a brother, Richard.
Survivors include his son, Max Remmer of Westlake, brother, Jonni (Mary) of Florida, nephew, Tim Thole of Avon, nieces, Suzanne and Becky Thole of Florida and Lori Hannah of New Jersey.
Ben chose to donate his remains to Case Western Reserve Medical School. There will be no visitation or service.