November 21, 2011

Benjamin Ryf Lewis

Benjamin Ryf Lewis age 15 of Lincoln, Nebraska died on Sunday, November 20, 2011 at Bryan LGH West in Lincoln.  He was born on July 19, 1996 in Omaha, Nebraska to George and Melissa (Bibelheimer) Lewis.  Ben attended Benson High School in Omaha and was a sophomore at Lincoln High School.  He enjoyed drawing, music and animals.

Ben is survived by his parents, George and Melissa Lewis of Omaha; uncle, Jeremy Bibelheimer of San Diego, California; aunt, Julie Lewis of Santa Cruz, California; grandparents, Ron and Deanna Bibelheimer of Lincoln; John and Pat Bruna of Valley Springs, California; Jean Lewis of Des Moines, Iowa.

Cremation/no visitation.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at 1:30 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Memorials may be directed to the family for later designation.



  1. so sorry for your loss, praying for the family

  2. Melissa & George oh my.. words cannot express. Hugs to you both. God bless you and your family.

  3. A fund for the family has been started at Wells Fargo. Donations can be made at any branch location. Our thought and prayers are will you.

  4. Words cannot express the sorrow that weighs on my heart over the loss of Benjamin. To the Bibelheimer/Lewis families I send you my thoughts, love and prayers as you work through this difficult time. I will forever remember Benjamin as an innocent little boy with a contagious smile that loved to have fun, and laugh. I am grateful to have known Benjamin and thankful for all the fun times and happy memories that I will always carry of him. Your family is in my thoughts.
    Kelly Jenkins

  5. Words can never adequately covey the sorrow I felt for you when I heard the news. As a parent of Lincoln High students, one who knew your son in passing only through the halls, I am so very, very sorry. Please know that prayers of comfort are extended to you and the family during this very difficult and sad time.

  6. Melissa and George,
    I am so very sorry for your loss. I know words don’t help and I’m not going to say that I know what your going through because I don’t. Just know that if you need to just talk I am here. If you need someone to listen I am that person. My number is 405-590-7501 and please don’t hesitate to call if you need to I will always answer.
    May God bless and keep you safe.

  7. May you find comfort in God’s arms. May God be with you all at such a tragic time. Know that your little man will no longer suffer and that he is with Jesus. God Bless you All.

  8. Melissa,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  9. This Kid did not Deserve to Get bullied. he was a Nice and Funny Kid. He was in my 8th… It wont be the same without him Makin all them funny noises. R.I.P Benjamin Lewis

    From His class Mates.

  10. I will miss Ben he was fun to talk to I have in my 8th… I know how it feels to lose a love one i lost my mom when i was 17 you are all in our heart

  11. My thoughts and prayers are extended to all of Ben’s family. The struggle and pain reaches beyond. Please know I am thinking of all of you. It has been many years since I visited with Deanna – my mother (Carmel Frandsen Furrer)and I are sending you all of our thoughts and prayers.

    Chriss Furrer-Springer

  12. Jeremy,
    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. The loss of a loved one makes us realize what we are made of. Be strong for your family and hold them near and dear. Let your memory of Ben be the glue that keeps it all together. You know where to find me if you need to talk.
    Lots of love to you and your family,
    Lorna (Gavin & Brandon’s Mom)

  13. Melissa, George, Deanna, Ron & Family: You have to know you all are in my prayers and my heart truly goes out to all of you. This is all so sad, I hope the “bullies” read and reread what they have done to this little boy. God Bless You All.
    Carmel Furrer-Chesnut

  14. My deepest condolences to Deanna and family.

    Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.

    God bless.

  15. To the family and friends of Ben Lewis,
    I am so very sorry for your loss. I can’t begin to imagine the pain of losing a child. I can imagine the pain of watching a child suffer from being “different” and picked on. My 15 year old son has Asperger’s. Society doesn’t appreciate how these kids think. They are so very sweet and innocent as they literally interpret the world. I wish I could say something to take away some of your pain-I pray for peace and comfort to you.

  16. Melissa and George,
    Very sorry to hear about your loss and can’t imagine what you are going through. Our prayers are with you.

  17. Melissa,

    My deepest sympathy is extended to you and your family.

    As you know, I dearly loved Ben! I thought he had such a sweet and loving disposition. I loved how he would hold my hand when we walked somewhere. I especially loved it when he would get in trouble and we would have to talk to you after school because it took everything in me not to laugh at his responses!! As a teacher, I can guarantee you that I learned as much from Ben as he learned from me.

    My heart goes out to you at this difficult time.

  18. Deanna, I’m so sorry to hear this. Know that your family and friends love you and they are here for you. Call me if you want to talk, vent, or anything else. love ya! debbie

  19. To the Lewis family, you have my sincerest condolences and my deepest sympathy. Remain positive and always keep Ben in your thoughts and prayers. You will be in my prayers as well.

  20. Dear Deanna and family,
    My heart goes out to you about Ben’s death. Deanna, you are such a special, wonderful person and I can only imagine how hard it is to lose your grandson. I am sending deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers — to you, Deanna, and to all your family.
    With sincere regards,
    Jone Bosworth

  21. I dont know you but I just want to tell you how sad I am and how sorry for the heartbreak in your family. We have a child in our family with asbergers so I know how hard this is for the child and for the family. Bullying hs got to stop…. my prayers are with you today and for a long time to come.

  22. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Ben. May God wrap you in his arms and carry you through your time of grief.

    With much Love,
    Brad, Shannon, Hunter, Cameron, and Bradyn

  23. I woke up and read this sad story on a day when a few years ago my niece killed herself by jumping off a bridge suicide sucks never any answers only alot of what ifs …. God Bless your family!

  24. We are so very sorry for the needless loss of your handsome young son. Please know our prayers are with all of you. LeRoy & Dyette Kettering

  25. My daughter Kristin was friends with Ben. They used to ride their bikes together. I knew Ben through both elementary school and middle school. Ben was always a very nice young man.
    I am so sorry for your loss.May God keep your families in His loving arms as you face your sorrows. Ben will be missed. I can only offer my sympathies to your families.
    Stella Sperzel


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