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Benjamin Allan McVey

Obituary for Benjamin Allan McVey

September 10, 1990 - April 22, 2015
Carmel, Indiana | Age 24


Benjamin Allan McVey was born in Alexandria, Virginia on September 10, 1990, to parents Brose and Carol Anne McVey. In northern Virginia he was near his maternal grandparents, John and Carol Donohue of Denton, Maryland and the extended Donohue family.

He moved with his parents to Westfield, Indiana in the spring of 1991, close to his paternal grandparents, Daniel and Myra McVey, and his large group of McVey and Purdy relatives.

Ben attended school at Westfield Washington, Carmel Clay Schools, and at The Midwest Academy in Carmel. Following his junior year in high school, Ben left Carmel taking his beloved horse Sweet Loraine to live and train wild Spanish Mustangs on the Cayuse Ranch in Moorecroft, Wyoming. He later lived and worked on a sister ranch in New Mexico, before returning home to continue his education.

Ben lived and studied at the Earle C. Clements Victory Technical High School in Morganfield, Kentucky and earned his diploma there in 2010. Since that time, Ben has worked hard at various jobs and continued to pursue his education through classes at Ivy Tech Community College.

Creative from birth, Ben was a talented writer and artist. Ben was passionate about music, and was, himself, a gifted musician who played viola, concert string bass and the bass guitar. He had a profound connection with animals of all kinds, but especially his two dogs, Kymani and Rocky, and his cat, China, who he recently rescued.

Ben is survived by his parents Brose McVey (Suzanne), Carol Anne and Mark Kemper; three brothers John Daniel McVey, Harry McVey and Ross Kemper; grandparents Daniel N. and Jane Ann McVey of Carmel, IN and Carol A. Donohue of Denton MD, and a large, loving extended family of aunts, uncles, and cousins. He is preceded in death by his grandmother Myra Ann McVey, grandfather John A. Donohue III, and uncle John A. Donohue IV.
Ben was a passionate, empathetic man who lived each moment with thoughtfulness, unparalleled intensity, and an inspiring compassion for the underdog.

Following the visitation on Thursday, April 30, there will be a private service at Crown View Cemetery, Sheridan.

We encourage a contribution to Ben's Ranch Foundation, Inc., a charitable foundation being established to support causes consistent with Ben's values and heart. In particular, we hope to give other struggling young people the opportunity to live on a ranch and support other young people facing the same challenges Ben did. Learn more and to make an online donation by visiting

Suggested Memorial Donations

  • A foundation has been established in Ben's name to support other young people who face the same challenges. You may donate at or through the National Bank of Indianapolis.
  • Ben's Ranch Foundation, Inc.
    c/o Bank of Indianapolis
    613 East Carmel Drive
    Carmel, IN 46032

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Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Center Carmel

325 E Carmel Dr
Carmel, IN 46032
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