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June 12, 2000 ~ April 28, 2012

Benjamin Robert Fulwiler died on April 28th, 2012 while riding his bike in downtown Vancouver, WA.
Benjamin was an awesome kid, a good kid, a quirky kid with a brilliant sense of humor that was often unexpected, sometimes even to him. He scooted on his butt before he learned to walk. He was sensitive and caring, lovable and loving, huggable, and affectionate. He was a cautious kid. He liked playing outdoors but didn't like getting dirty. He liked playing video games indoors, but always wanted to share the computer. He didn't like roller coasters or the scary rides, but he loved cotton candy.
He thought of others before himself and he had a smile that lit up his face and made his blue eyes even brighter. His laughter conveyed his joy in the moment.
He liked to read, he liked Powell's bookstore and would get excited and overwhelmed by all the choices in books before him. He liked math and MC Escher. He played chess. He was intelligent. He liked the Beatles. He was a musician; he could play the piano and was learning the viola. He had just started to adventure into the realm of composing music. He knew how to sew and liked making crafts, then giving those crafts away. He had played baseball and hoped in the future to attend the Vancouver School of Arts. He looked up to his older sister and looked out for the people he considered younger brothers and sisters. Ben was a kind kid, always polite and always considerate. Ben liked being helpful. He actually fought to do the dishes. He thought a lot, sometimes too much, and often times his commentary was wise beyond his years, but presented with all the direct innocence of a child. He liked to travel and had been to Russia, Denmark, and ran through the airport in Finland. He wanted to travel more. He was a curious kid who liked learning about other cultures and liked trying to learn other languages. He liked seeing the people around him happy, and always seemed more concerned with others than himself. If you offered to share a dessert with him, he was always concerned that if he took too much, you wouldn't have enough. Ben is loved fiercely, and Ben loved back just as fiercely. He was everything he ever needed to be, and everything he was supposed to be.
Benjamin Robert Fulwiler was just simply an amazing person, and we were blessed to have him in our lives, even if the time was far too short. He was missed the moment he was gone, and he will always be missed and always be loved. Thank you Ben for granting us, his family, his friends, with the privilege of knowing you and loving you, because it truly has been a privilege and will continue to be a privilege always.
Ben is survived by his mother, Jennifer Kanna; his father, Dustin Fulwiler; his big sister, Brooklyn Newcomb; his maternal grandparents, Robert and Vannette Kanna; his aunt, Stephanie Kanna; his paternal grandparents, Kathleen Fulwiler and Richard Fulwiler; his step-grandmother, Pamela Carpenter; and his uncle, Jack Carpenter. With the idea that it takes a village to raise a child, Ben also had a variety of other people who he called family, including Ethan Newcomb, Maddie Newcomb, and Christopher Newcomb, Jeanine Cassell, Emma Bell, and Ryan Bell. Ben would not consider his family complete without also mentioning Sammy, Henry, Lucky, and Chloe, his favorite furry friends.
The Celebration of Life service for Benjamin will be held on Sat., May 5, 2012 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Compass Church, 1812 Main St., in downtown Vancouver.
Donations to the Benjamin Fulwiler Education/Music Memorial Fund can be made at any IQ Credit Union.
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Published in The Columbian on May 4, 2012.