[MO Fire Funeral Announce] Ben Hirner

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Wed Dec 11 15:35:46 EST 2019


Benjamin Patrick Hirner “Ben”, age 30, of Mokane Missouri, unexpectedly died on December 6, 2019 following a tragic hunting accident. He leaves his beloved wife Alissa C. (Booth) and two young children Garrett Patrick, age 4, and Anna Christine, age 22 months to mourn his loss. 

Ben, the son of William “Bill” and Kena (Cowell) Hirner was born May 10th, 1989 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Hannibal, Missouri. Ben was reared near Philadelphia, Missouri as the youngest of three children. He attended Marion County R2 schools where he excelled in academics and sports, graduating in 2008. Ben and Alissa were high school sweethearts and each other’s soul mate. 

Ben went on to attend the Advanced Technology Center in Mexico, Missouri. He graduated top of his class with an Associate Degree in Nuclear Technology in 2010 and was recognized as the outstanding graduate of his class. 

Following graduation, he accepted a job in Health Physics/Radiation Protection at the Duane Arnold Nuclear Power Plant near Cedar Rapids, Iowa. During his time there he and Alissa were married on September 24, 2011 and established their first home. Garrett and Anna were both born there, and the family surrounded themselves with many close friends who became like family. Their time in Iowa was made of many milestones and blissful memories. 

An opportunity to move closer to home and family, arose and the family moved to Mokane, Missouri in 2018. At this time, he joined the Calloway Nuclear Plant, and at the time of his death was proud to serve as an Analyst in Health Physics for the company. In his short time at Calloway he made many friends among his co-workers. 

Ben enjoyed his life and everything in it. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, was at peace and at home in the outdoors. He was a strong-minded man, who loved his family, given and chosen, with a passion and fierceness that is envied by all. His sense of humor was epic, his wit sharp and the twinkle in his eye, along with his slight smile, let us all know he was ahead of the rest of us. He was likely planning to pull a prank and was willing to let us laugh along with him. Ben navigated life with an empathetic soul and was a wise man from the time he was toddling. 

He went to the Lord on a day when he was with his favorite men, his father and brother, doing what they loved best, enjoying mother nature and God’s gift of the great outdoors. Ben will be remembered by all who had the privilege to know him as a loving husband and father, devoted son and brother. His loyalty to his “crew” and friends was absolute and unwavering. He was a natural leader, smarter and quicker than most, he had planned everything ahead, and was pushing forward while others were still standing.  

Ben is survived by his wife, and children, his parents and grandparents, Robert E. and Esther A. Hirner of Palmyra, Missouri. Surviving is sister Mikaela (Steve) Garth of Eureka, Missouri, brother Joseph (Leah) Hirner of Rock Port, Missouri. His faithful hunting dog Tequila (Keela) Rose never left his side. 

He will be mourned by a large, tightly knit, extended family who loved and respected him. He was preceded in death by his maternal Grandparents, Blackie (Leon) and Marilyn (Bull) Cowell, and his father in-law Gary Booth. 

Services will be held under the direction of Lewis Brothers Funeral Home, Palmyra. Both visitation and memorial services will be held at Mission Hill Baptist Church, 4653 Business 61, Palmyra, Missouri. Visitation will be held Friday December 13th, from 3:00 PM until 7:00 PM, with the Memorial Service following on Saturday, December 14th, at 11:00 AM. 

In lieu of flowers, donations will be graciously accepted for the Benjamin Hirner children education fund. Contributions can be sent in care of Alissa Hirner, to the Lewis Brothers Funeral Home, 424 S. Main Street, Palmyra, Missouri 63461. 

Ben was a shining star in every way, and lived an honorable life, filled with humor and love. Those who knew him or even just met him will remember him as a good man, who left us too soon. He leaves our world a much better place, where those who remain, can follow his example and strive each day to make it better than the last. 
Rest In Peace Ben, You are forever in our hearts and we are blessed with your memory.

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