The NGFA was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Ben Joseph Boerner, who passed away Tuesday, June 2, 2015, at age 55.
Ben was president of the Texas Grain and Feed Association (TGFA), which he joined in 1986 after receiving his B.S. and M.S. degrees in animal science and nutrition from Texas A&M University. After a five-year stint with Oil-Dri Corporation in Chicago, Ben, in 1993, became the fourth full-time TGFA executive since 1959. In addition, Ben was a member of American Society of Association Executives, Texas Society of Association Executives, Agricultural Association Executives Council, and the Grain Elevator and Processing Society.
As TGFA’s leader, Ben often represented the association at NGFA events – serving as a voice for Texas agriculture.
“We were deeply saddened to learn of Ben’s untimely passing, and join with his many industry friends and state association colleagues in celebrating his life,” said NGFA President Randy Gordon. “Ben was one of those energetic, joyous and thoughtful persons whose personality filled any room he entered. His love of life and family, and respect for those with whom he interacted, were contagious. We’ll miss him and his leadership greatly, and extend our heartfelt and deepest sympathies to his wife, Denise, and wonderful family.”
Ben was born March 1, 1960, at Fort Wolters in Mineral Wells, Texas. His passion for life involved his family, his running, his Harley-Davidson, his devotion to Texas A&M, and his work with the Texas Grain and Feed Association. As a 1982 graduate of Texas A&M, he served as class agent from 1992-2002, and served as a member of the Century Club since 1986. He was a dedicated member of the Texas State Guard as a lieutenant colonel and was a true example of a man committed to God, family and country.
Survivors include his wife of 24 years, Deborah (Denise) Boerner; parents, Col. (Ret.) Dennis and Margaret Boerner; children, Rachel, Ryan and Reagan; sisters, Kelly Kastner and Monica Boerner; many nieces, nephews, cousins and family that he loved dearly.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made in Ben’s name to either or both of the following organizations:
- Texas A&M Association of Former Students (For reference, Ben Boerner is class of 1982), or the
- Alzheimer’s Association, which was an issue he was passionate about.