Benjamin Joseph Woolery, age 25, departed this life on Saturday, September
30, 2017, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Ben was born August 10, 1992, in Tulsa.
Ben attended Sapulpa schools until his junior year in high school, and
then graduated from Glenpool High School. Ben was a gifted athlete in
baseball and basketball, playing on both school teams and league teams.
A sport he truly loved was BMX bicycle racing. Many family Thanksgivings
were spent at the Grand National BMX races in Tulsa each year. Snow skiing
at Crested Butte, Colorado, was also a favorite pastime. He was a loving,
caring person, who especially enjoyed children. They were drawn to his
brilliant smile, his engaging personality and personal warmth. One of
his favorite activities in school was the mentorship program. He looked
forward to the time he spent with his elementary kids, and often told
stories of their progress.
Following high school, he attended Tulsa Community College as well as studied
Automotive Applied Science at Rogers State University. He loved working
on cars and doing landscape work.
Ben’s friends will remember his big heart, and that he loved to have
fun and be with his friends. He touched many lives and will be fondly
Most of all, Ben loved his son Benson. The play on words in his son’s
name choice was proof of that. He greatly enjoyed playing and doing things
with Benson, and Benson, in turn, adored his father.
He is survived by his son, Benson Z. Woolery, and his mother, Kristin Zumwalt
Woolery, of Glenpool, OK and his father, Rick Woolery and his wife Penny
Woolery, of Sapulpa, OK. Also surviving him are his grandparents, Dr.
Gerald Zumwalt and Dorothy Zumwalt (his Opa and Oma), as well as several
aunts, uncles, and cousins, and his beloved chocolate Labrador, Titus.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Royal and Kathryn Woolery.
A family memorial service will be held at a later date. Ben was very proud
to have enrolled as an organ donor. Persons wishing to honor Ben’s
memory may make contributions to Lifeshare of Oklahoma, 4705 Northwest
Expressway, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73132 or the Oklahoma Medical Research
Foundation, 825 NE 13th Street, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73104.
“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.”