On November 22, 2006, Ben Derge and his father, Scott, were on their way home from a six-day deer hunting trip. Ben suddenly cried out that his head hurt badly and in a matter of minutes he was unconscious.
Ben was transported via ambulance to the Marinette Hospital and then transferred to Bay Care Hospital in Green Bay.
Before he went to heaven he suffered 2 cardiac arrests and was placed on life support. His mother, Patti, was able to drive up to Green Bay to say good bye before he passed away.
Ben had suffered something similar to an aneurism near his brain stem. Officially it is called arterial venous malformation. It’s rare.
Ben was 13, an only child and very much loved by many. He enjoyed sports and played Gridiron football, basketball and baseball. Ben’s goal was to be a sports journalist. He attended St. Lucas Lutheran School and had a strong faith in God. In accordance with Ben’s caring and sharing spirit, Scott and Patti donated Ben’s eyes, heart valves, and bone with surrounding tissue. Because of their generosity, two people can now see and over 60 people have received Ben’s generous gift to improve their quality of life.
On earth Ben was our diamond in the rough and now he is one of God’s shining gems. Revelations 2:10 “Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.”
While Ben was not a Hunt of a Lifetime participant, he is one of our kids that will remain in our hearts forever. It is in Ben's honor that Hunt of a Lifetime is now a permanent part of Wisconsin's Hunting heritage.
The First Annual Union Rod and Gun Club 3D archery shoot for Hunt of a Lifetime is dedicated to the memory of Ben Derge