Walter Benjamin ''Ben'' Churchill II, 71, died April 11, 2014, after a lengthy illness, in his Philadelphia home, surrounded by his family. He was a resident of Naples, Fla., spending winters there.
Ben was born Jan. 7, 1942, in Hackensack, N.J., the son of the late Walter B. and Lois S. Churchill, and was raised in Yardley, Pa.
A distinguished businessman in Mercer County, he served as president of Mercer Oxygen and Supply Company, where he retired as president in 2007. Prior to that, he graduated from Pennsbury High School, Lower Makefield, Pa., where he was active in varsity football. Also a graduate of Pennsylvania Military College, class of 1965. He served as a paratrooper with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, was a platoon leader in Vietnam, assigned to the 70th Engineer Battalion "Combat," and was honorably discharged in 1971 as a captain. He was awarded the Bronze Star. In January of this year, he was presented a Quilt of Valor, in Naples, Fla., for his meritorious service to our country.
Father of Rebecca (Sam) Campi, Charlottesville, Va., Walter B. Churchill III of New York City, Tim Churchill of Philadelphia, and Stefanie Churchill of New Castle, N.H. Also survived by three grandchildren: Josh, Zach and Matt Campi, a sister, Carol McDonald; brothers: David Churchill and Jay (Alison) Churchill; and many nieces and nephews. Ben's companion for the past 12 years was Wendy Rose of Wells, Maine, Keene, N.H., and Naples, Fla.
A military ceremony will be held at Washington Crossing National Cemetery on May 24, at 10 a.m., followed by a service at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Yardley. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Condolences may be made to www.hooperfuneralchapel.com.