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Ben Gillis

November 19, 2022


Benjamin (Ben) Michael Gillis, age 42, residing in Little Chute, WI passed away unexpectedly on November 19, 2022. 


Ben was born to Elizabeth Kuepper and Michael (Liz) Gillis. He is survived by his wife, Dawn, and their three children Addyson (11), Gracelynn (2) and Anthony (7mo).  As well as his siblings Jonathon Gillis, David (Meisa) Gillis, Maria (Blake) Gutsmiedl, Sam Kuepper and numerous nieces and nephews. 


Ben grew up in Sherwood, WI and completed his schooling at Kimberly High School where he played football and spent his free time on the family farm, working and helping friends at the racetrack. 


At the age of 41, Ben married Dawn and became the family man he never thought he would be. Ben lived an exciting and well-rounded life full of more experiences and adventures than most in his short time on Earth. Some of these included a technical degree in plumbing, many management and sales positions and various moves around the state and country. Ben’s life significantly slowed down in January of 2022 when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor that led to chemotherapy and radiation treatments amid starting his new family. Despite that hurdle, he never gave up on his dream of running a food business and selling his sauces and rubs. He was an avid motorcycle enthusiast, never shied away from sharing his love of cooking with others, and lit up any room he was in. 


Of all the titles he had, his final, and most profound, was Head Chef of his food truck, Rubbin Butts & Blowin Smoke. His family-owned business was his pride and joy. His larger-than-life personality will be missed by all whose lives he touched both in the personal and professional world.


Ben is preceded in death by his nephew Graham, along with numerous aunts, uncles, and grandparents. 


A celebration of life will be held on December 4, 2022, at 12:00 p.m. The celebration will be at Buzz’s located at W2116 County Rd S, Freedom, WI 54130. 


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Celebration of Life
December 4, 2022

12:00 PM to 7:00 PM
W2116 County Road S
Freedom, WI 54130


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