Benjamin R. Chartier left us all way too soon on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, at the age of 29 years. He was the loving father of Laila Ann Dahl Chartier; “the best” boyfriend of Ambria Yates; cherished son of James and Debora (nee Layber); loving grandson of Beverly and the late James Thompson and Andrew Layber; loving brother of Timothy (Laura); and proud uncle of Lukin and Hunter. He was the dear nephew of David (Janet), Christine Kingsbury, Janice (the late Randy) Malick, Bill “Guncle” Layber, Gayle (Stu) Pagel, Lynne “Auntie Lulu” Layber (Eric Schellinger), Dave Layber and Daniel (Linda) Layber. Ben will be deeply missed by his cousins, other relatives and hundreds of friends.
He was preceded in death by Laila’s loving mother, Alicia Dahl.
Ben was an accomplished athlete at multiple sports at both Butler Middle School and Waukesha West High School. He graduated from UW-La Crosse with a degree in sociology and a minor in criminal justice. He also attended ICDC College in California, earning a degree in counseling “at risk” youth. Ben enjoyed coaching the Waukesha West Junior Varsity Football Team. Ben was a charming young man who lit up the room and had a great sense of humor. He was a good listener and was known for giving great advice. He loved being a father and was very proud of his daughter.
Visitation will be Monday, April 25, at Church and Chapel Funeral Home, 380 Bluemound Road (at highways J and JJ, four blocks south of Interstate 94), Waukesha, from 5 PM until the time of sharing at 6:45 PM, followed by the funeral service at 7 PM.
In lieu of flowers, Ben’s family requests memorials to his daughter Laila’s Edvest WI College Savings Plan, P.O. Box 55189, Boston, MA 02205-5189, or you may call 800-368-2424 for further information.
Private interment will be at Salem Cemetery, Wales.
Church and Chapel Funeral Home of Waukesha is serving the family. For more information, call 262-827-0659 or visit www.churchandchapel.com to view the online obituary or leave condolences.