Benjamin Franklin “Ben” Schake

Apr 10, 2017
Schake, Ben crop


1:00 p.m. Monday, April 17, 2017 at Garden View Chapel


One hour prior to the services


Garden of Memories Cemetery with Military Rites conducted by Waterloo AMVETS Post #19, Evansdale AMVETS Post #31 and the Iowa National Guard Honors Detail


May be directed to the family


Benjamin Franklin “Ben” Schake, 88, of Waterloo, died Monday, April 10, 2017 at ManorCare Health Services. 

He was born October 6, 1928 in Bellingham, Minnesota, the son of Leverne and Louise (Steffen) Schake.  

He married Nancy Cagley on April 7 1951 in Waterloo. She preceded him in death on August 18, 2016. 

Ben served in the U.S. Army as a mechanic/welder during the Korean Conflict. He was owner/operator of Ben’s Auto in Waterloo for many years. 

He enjoyed bowling, fishing, hunting, playing cards, watching Westerns and football, and working on cars and lawnmowers. 

Survived by: two sons: Terry (LaDonna) Schake of Tucson, Arizona and Steve Schake of Waterloo; a daughter, Cynthia "Cindy" Delos Reyes of Waterloo; two granddaughters: Heather Schake of Park Falls, WI, formerly of Waterloo and Danielle Schake of Minneapolis, MN; a great-granddaughter, Aubrey Renshaw, daughter of Danielle; one brother, Donald Schake of Madison, Minnesota; and four sisters, Elda Bjork of Redwood Falls, Minnesota, Lucille Hansen of Canby, Minnesota, Elnora (Chad) Orton of Fresno, California, Pearl (Dave) Gadnalske of Rapid City, South Dakota. 

Preceded in death by: his parents; his wife; three brothers, Alvin, Ernest and Lawrence Schake and three sisters, Gladys Schake, Irene Wertz and Marie Hovel.

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  1. Suzy Brooks & Butch Kearney | Apr 12, 2017

    Ben was always so pleasant to be around at Maple Lanes.  He,was so concerned for his wife as her health failed. I can only imagine  their  joyous reunion in heaven.

    Condolence to rhe Schake family. He will be missed. 

  2. Thomasa McCleave | Apr 11, 2017

    I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences. May you find comfort in warm memories. And the coming promises from the Bible. 

    Revelation 21 : 3,4  " With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say :' Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his people. And God himself will be with them. And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away. ' "

  3. Richard E. Schultz | Apr 11, 2017

    To the family of Ben Schake

    We offer our condolences in the death of your father. Ben worked with my father, Richard "Dick" Schultz at Van & Dick's for a number of years in the 1950's prior to starting his own business. I remember Ben well as I also worked at my Dad's service station at that time.

    Ben and Nancy remained good friends with my mother (Helen) and my Dad (Rich) and we would see them at various Schultz family gatherings for birthday and wedding anniversary celebrations.

    Richard, Ruth and John Schultz

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