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"But they that wait upon the LORD
shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings as eagles;
they shall run, and not be weary;
and they shall walk, and not faint."

-Isaiah 40:31

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Dear Ben:
You have been gone from our presence for almost two months and I can't tell you how much I miss you. You came into my life 25 years ago and brought me much happiness. I loved your beautiful spirit and happy ways. Just to be honest I loved everything about you and I miss you more than I can say.

When I was wrapping christmas presents last week I accidently put your name on one of Nick's presents.

If you see Grandpa Grose in your present living place say hello for me. Your Grandpa was crazy about you.

Gramma Grose

Ben loved, of course, anything to do with Superman.

He loved and served God his whole life.

Ben loved food - all kinds of food, his favorites were pizza, Mexican, and especially Grandma's Cheese Log - she always made it special just for him.

My niece, HollySue, said the phrase that comes to mind about Ben is "blessed be the peacemakers", for that is what Ben was, a peacemaker.

Ben was a gentle soul. He was always so grateful for anything we gave him. He was also very forgiving. I never heard Ben be unkind to anyone.

He loved politics and religion, but did not like to be confrontational with anyone. He did not want to offend anyone.

He didn't like tomatoes (we were always sure to ask him if he wanted tomatoes on his sandwich), cucumbers, mushrooms, or seafood.

He didn't like people to be negative.

Ben was the best of our family, loving, giving, gentle, & kind. I always knew Ben loved me as much as I loved him. I will miss him and look forward to seeing him one day.

I love you, Ben.

Aunt Anna

I first met Ben in 1991 at the MDA Summer Camp in Boulder Creek, CA. We shared cabins many times over the years at various camps and those times I remember very well. He would share his seemingly infinite knowledge of Superman and we would laugh about even the simplest of things. His uplifting spirit was ever-present in all activities. Outside of camp, Ben, myself, and friends visited each other at parties and get-togethers.

In 1997 my family moved to Washington State and while I wasn’t able to attend summer camp with him or visit him in person, I still kept in contact with him through e-mail and instant messages. After we were beyond camp going years and I had moved back to California we were finally able to see each other in person once again. Through friend’s birthday parties and get-togethers we reminisced about camp and talked about life. These are memories I will never forget.

Ben was a very strong person who never gave up on life. The things he endured health wise were things most people couldn't withstand. I will remember him as someone always content with life and if something was bothering him you couldn't tell. It's hard to see him go so soon and I wish I would have seen him more often but I also know where he is now and we all will be there someday.

I was treasured to know him and his enduring spirit will live on in our hearts and minds.

A friend forever,
Charles McEvoy

In Loving Memory of Ben Grose

Did you ever notice that when Ben was in a photo he brightened it up? I don’t know if it was his bright smile or his spirit shining through. I always thought that he had a special humbleness and appreciation of life. He never complained or let anyone worry if things were not going so good. At the same time, I saw a sense of strength and determination throughout all the difficulties that he endured.

I have learned through Ben’s example to try to live my life with even more strength and determination. I will never forget his wise attitude about life. His strength may not have been that of the man of steel, but in spiritual being it was.

As his comic book hero, Superman could do, I know he can now soar above in heaven and will be there for all of us in spirit. I will always remember the special times we spent together, especially those many fun years at MDA summer camp, and our many discussions on the latest tribulations of Superman. I like the fact Ben lived in the present, and not in the past or future. This uniqueness was one of a kind and surely will be missed.

Thank you Ben; you will be my best friend forever. I know you are with the Lord, and one day we shall find each other once more. Be in peace my dearest friend. Be in peace and God bless.

Your Best Friend,
Jeremy Hoffman


For as long as I can remember, Ben and I have been friends. We have shared many good times and have had lots of fun. My fondest memory of him was when we were at Ronald McDonald camp together. He was in the cabin next to mine. He was one of the kindest people I had ever met.

I saw him regularly at the family support group meetings and had fun talking and visiting with him, especially when the little kids got rowdy and hard to tolerate.

I especially liked it when Ben came to the "Rolling Buddies Spring Party" at my house. We played video games for hours and had a blast.

During the last years of Ben's life I witnessed him go through a lot of hardships, but despite this Ben never gave up and didn't complain about his situation. He just kept chugging along with a true "warrior spirit".

Though Ben has gone from this world, his spirit lives on in all of those who remember him and he will live on through our experiences. I will never forget Ben and I will always cherish the time I had with him on this earth. Though life is short, memories live forever and for as long as I live, I will remember my buddy and best friend Ben.


I was very saddened to hear that Benjamin passed away. As webmaster of Fanzing.com, a site to which he contributed, I was happy to know Ben and I'm shocked to discover that he is no longer with us.

Upon hearing about his death, I posted the news to Monitor Duty. Many of us liked Ben and we'll miss him terribly.
Link: In Memory of Ben "KryptonKid" Grose

Michael Hutchison, writer of Metro Med

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