Ben E Julson, age 85 of Temple, passed away Saturday, July 18, 2020 at his home. No services are planned at this time.
Ben was born on February 22, 1935 to John and Bernadine Southard Julson in Aitkin, Minnesota. He earned a Bachelor of General Studies from Chaminade College of Honolulu and a Master of Arts from Central Michigan University. Ben retired as a Master Sergeant in the United States Army after a storied 22-year career. He was a recipient of one Silver Star and two Bronze Stars. Ben continued to support and donate to veterans groups from his retirement throughout the rest of his life. After his military career, Ben continued work as a civilian in accounting and management in several different large organizations. He married Cynthia Arredondo on July 9, 1993 and they were blessed with 21 years of marriage. Ben was very active in documenting and archiving Temple's railroad history at the Archives of the Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum at the Santa Fe Depot. Ben was an optimist who chose to see the worth in hard work and determination, important in all aspects of life, and encouraged all he came in contact with. Even in the midst of his illness, he would think of others and gave so generously. He was a dedicated member of Bethel Church in Temple and a volunteer for the State of Texas Archives. He will be missed by his family and friends, and all who had the pleasure to get to know him.
Ben is preceded in death by his wife, Cynthia Theresa Arredondo Julson; and his brother, John Julson.
Those left to honor and cherish his memory are his daughter, Roberta Williams and husband, Billy of Mt. Juliet, TN; son, Robert Julson and wife, Karen of Cedar Rapids, IA; daughter, Becki Tompkins and husband, Randy of Pickering, MO; son, Rick Julson and wife, Marybeth of Eastlake, OH; step-son, Russell Breaux and wife, Jeanette of San Antonio, TX; step-son, Andrew Breaux and wife, Stacey of Temple, TX; 19 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in Ben's name to:
The Scleroderma Foundation
Texas Bluebonnet Chapter
110 Cypress Station Drive, Ste 117
Houston, Texas 77090
Harper-Talasek Funeral Home in Temple is in charge of arrangements.