Bernard Williams Kirsch peacefully passed away on March 11, 2023, at the age of 70 years old. He was born in San Benito, Texas on August 9, 1952 to Bernard Woltering Kirsch and Dorothea J. Kirsch. During Ben’s life, he worked with his father farming and ranching in the Rio Grande Valley. Ben was not afraid to tackle any task. He began working on his father’s farm at the age of 10 years old where he learned the techniques of farming.
At the age of 24 years old, he married the love of his life, Ginger Cole. They began a family, raising two children, Stacie and Zane. They were married for 46 years and resided in Raymondville, Texas. In Ben’s early 30’s, he began his own farming organization, B&G Farms, where he grew produce for companies including Del Monte, Gerber, and Pace. He grew a variety of other crops as well.
At the age of 45 years old, he changed his career path to welding. He was a member of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 142 in San Antonio, Texas. Ben’s expertise in welding was renowned and respected as he specialized in multiple forms of welding. He was often called to work on job sites including but not limited to multiple military facilities such as Brooks Army Medical Center, Toyota, and Shiner Bock Brewery. He also helped build the cranes that were used to reconstruct the One World Trade Center after the fall of the twin towers. His coworkers and supervisors valued his knowledge and work ethic beyond measure.
Ben was a gun enthusiast, and he enjoyed competitive shooting. He loved fishing, hunting, and spending time outdoors. Ben will be remembered for being a steadfast and loyal friend and loving father, PeePaw, and husband.
Ben is survived by his loving wife, Ginger; daughter, Stacie Hughes (Matthew); son, Zane Kirsch (Ladonna); grandchildren, Angelina Lopez and Bernadette Lopez; and sister, Cynthia A. Kirsch.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bernard Wotering Kirsch and Dorothea J. Kirsch.
Funeral services will be held at the United Pentecostal Church on March 16, 2023, at 2:00 PM. Graveside services will follow at Raymondville Memorial Cemetery with Rev. John Grissom officiating. Serving as pallbearers are: Zane Kirsch (son), Matthew Hughes (son-in-law), Ross Morrow (nephew), Ray Kirsch Jr. (cousin), Dr. Albert Smith (cousin), and Dell Smith (cousin). Honorary pallbearers are Clifford Morrow (brother-in-law), Timothy Foster (friend), and Phillip Williams (cousin).
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