On Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, Benjamin Philip Caleb Hayner chose to leave this world. His struggles were too hard. He was never meant for this world in the first place. He chose to go home. He said in his baptism, "I am not of this world. My home is in heaven. I am just passing through on borrowed time."
A candlelight vigil will be held at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 7, at Delta High School. Memorial services are set for 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Delta Performing Arts Center with Rev. Greg Teele officiating.
Ben was born on May 2, 2001, in Normal, Ill., to Gary Philip and Stella Lynn (Burlingame) Hayner. The family moved to Delta when he was in third grade and he attended schools in Delta.
Ben, a junior, was very active and an exceptional student at Delta High School including a member of the track team, knowledge bowl and the computer program. He was a lifeguard at Bill Heddles Rec Center and volunteered for the Food Bank.
Ben enjoyed making people laugh, woodworking, computers and electronics. He had a great need for knowledge and to learn in science, math and physics, always creating and making things. He was a free spirit and a child of God.
Ben is survived by his parents, Gary and Stella Hayner of Delta; two brothers: Dillon of Bloomington, Ill., and Eric (Caitlyn) formerly of Normal, Ill.; three sisters: Sophia of Okinawa, Japan, Naomi and Linda of Delta; his grandparents, Rick and Deanna Bilyeu of Normal, Ill.; and many cousins and friends.
Ben was preceded in death by his grandparents, Albert and Eloise Hayner and Linda Burress.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory.
View the internet obituary and sign the online guest registry at www.taylorfuneralservice.com.
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