Former Sul Ross prof, businessman, rancher Ben Tanksley dies at 74

ALPINE - Rancher, university professor and businessman Ben Tanksley, 74 of Alpine died Nov. 20, 2013. He was born Sep. 22, 1939, in Mineral Wells. A retired professor of business at Sul Ross State University, he was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of the Masonic Lodge of Alpine. He was the former owner of Forchheimer's Department Store, a stockbroker with A.G. Edwards, and was devoted to land conservation as a rancher. A strong supporter of youth activities, he was named to the Hall of Honor for the Big Bend Livestock Association Show and Sale. He is survived by his wife, Betty Beard Tanksley of Alpine, son, Paul Tanksley of Hondo, a daughter, Mary Criddle and husband Roger of Alpine, three grandchildren, Cade Tanksley of Hondo, Aaron Renfroe of Ozona, and Kersten Criddle of Alpine. He is also survived by two sisters, Linda Roesler and husband Alvin and Carol Easley and husband Bill, all of Brady. At his request, no public service is planned. The family suggests that memorials be made to the Wounded Warriors program or the Salvation Army.
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