Ben Howard Alkire
July 18, 1956 - April 16, 2017
Ben Howard Alkire, 60, of Lafayette, passed away on April 16, 2017.
He was born in Lafayette to the late Jack and Merdith (Imler) Alkire.
Ben graduated from Harrison High School in 1974, and went on to receive his M.S. Degree in Horticulture from Purdue University.
Ben worked in research at Purdue University in the Horticulture Department and Internationally as an Agriculture Specialist.
In 2006 he married Matilde Paino Durzo in Italy.
He loved gardening, fishing, travelling and had a passion for the distillation of essential oils from plants.
Ben belonged to the Franklin Pierce Society, Friends of Bob, City Foods CO-OP, ACLU of Indiana, Drinking Liberally and The Waldron Institute for Alternative Studies.
Surviving are his wife Matilde Paino Durzo, his son Giuseppe Alkire, his brother Mark (Cathy) Alkire all from Lafayette, his niece Erin Alkire (James) Britton of West Lafayette, uncles Mike Hayes of Rossville and Monte (Sandra) Hayes of Sarasota, FL.
Donations to Planned Parenthood of Indiana can be made in memory of Ben.