Benjamin F. Lydic Jr. 1967-2019

SEARCY, Ark. — Benjamin Franklin “Benny” Lydic Jr., 52, of Searcy, Ark., formerly of the area, died at 5:09 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, 2019, as the result of an accident in front of the hospital in Searcy.

Ben was born June 3, 1967, in Youngstown, the son of Louise Irene Sowers Lydic and the late Benjamin Franklin “Frank” Lydic Sr.

Ben grew up in Ohio, spending time living in various places in and around the area. He then moved to Austin, Texas. In the past two years, he moved to the Searcy, Ark., area. He was employed at the Searcy Walmart in the maintenance department on the night shift. He was a very loyal and helpful employee. He was a very well known and liked in the community. His favorite restaurant was Colton’s Steak House, where he met many of the locals. Benny had family here in Ohio, but had developed another family in Searcy. He will be sadly missed at Colton’s and Walmart with his kind smile and politeness to all he met. Ben also followed his father and brother’s example by serving in the U.S. Army in Fort Jackson, S.C. He was a 1985 graduate of Liberty High School in Liberty.

In addition to his mother of Salem, he is survived by his brother, David J. Lydic of Newton Falls; a half-brother, James Sowers Esq. of San Francisco; a niece, Jacqueline Hanna of Queens, N.Y.; an uncle, Ervin J. Vereckey of Girard; an aunt, Barbara L. Babik of Salem; and a host of cousins.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a niece, Cindy Lydic; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Services will be 7 p.m. Friday at the Arbaugh-Pearce-Greenisen & Sons Funeral and Cremation Services, Salem, where a time of visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. The Salem Honor Guard will be in charge of the rendering of honors and the services.

Arrangements were entrusted to his cousin, Bob Greenisen of the Arbaugh-Pearce-Greenisen & Sons Funeral and Cremation Services, Salem.

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