Benjamin Lee Storgaard
Benjamin Lee Storgaard
Born: October 25, 1983
Resided: Springfield, South Dakota
Died: September 3, 2019
Age: 35

Benny’s Final Playlist
“Air for the G String” by JS Bach
“Comfortably Numb” by Pink Floyd
“Imagine” by John Lennon

Benjamin Lee Storgaard was born on October 25, 1983 at Viborg, South Dakota. He was the 3rd son of Mike and Carole (Johnson) Storgaard. He passed away on September 3, 2019 at his favorite spot overlooking the Missouri River. Ben was 35 years, 10 months, and 9 days.

Benny attended Springfield Elementary and graduated from Bon Homme High School in 2002. He always talked about the many cherished memories of his childhood – going to games at USD, his dad as youth basketball coach, spending countless hours on the boat, summers at Camp Gilbert, long games of Monopoly and Risk during a good blizzard.

Benny loved morning coffee with his mom and dad, daily excursions to Terrace Park with Bo, the Chargers, movies, and music. Above all he loved spending time with family and friends. He will be remembered for his infectious smile, his wonderful hugs, and his compassion for others.

Benjamin faced many struggles throughout his short life. A diagnosis of diabetes at the age of 5 had a major impact on his physical and mental health. He fought long and hard for many years to overcome those challenges.
Benjamin is survived by his 4-legged soulmate and constant companion, Bo; his parents Mike and Carole Storgaard of Springfield, SD; brother Pete (Brandi) Storgaard of Tea, SD; nephews: Chase and Cayden; niece Madelyn; uncles: Jim (Gloria) Storgaard, Daniel Johnson, John (Betty) Johnson, and Steve Johnson; and aunts Carol Herring, Wendy (Gail) Mathis, and Nancy Johnson.

He was preceded in death by his brother Jeffrey Storgaard, paternal grandparents Chester and Olga Storgaard, maternal grandparents J. Wendell and Helen Johnson, uncles Robert Herring an Dean M. Johnson, aunt Mary K. Swensen, and cousins: Dusty Herring, Leah Herring, and J.D. Johnson.

Like Ben would always tell Bo “Run like the wind.” If Bo could talk, he would tell Benny “Run like the wind and be free.”

Rest in peace dear Benny.

This obituary was written in loving memory by the family.

In lieu of flowers, the family will accept donations directed to a memorial fund in honor of Ben.

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9/12/2019 Donna Marcotte Irene, SD
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Deepest sympathy & prayers,
9/9/2019 Michele & Tony Kunkel Yankton, SD
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your son. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers today and always.
9/7/2019 Ed Gilbertson Lincoln, NE
Mike & Carole, I am so sorry to hear about your loss.
9/7/2019 Adrian Estrada Yuma, AZ
Mike and Carole, my sincere condolences. I cannot imagine the weight of this on your hearts. We here in Yuma are sending our love and support. Huge hugs to you both.
9/7/2019 Randy & Lisa Weier Tyndall, SD
Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Will keep you in our thoughts and prayers in the coming days.
9/7/2019 Ken and Becc Coyle Yankton, South Dakota
Your family has been in our thoughts and hearts. An unimaginable pain seems unbearable with no answers or resolve. Ben’s life had meaning and he was loved by anyone lucky enough to know him. He will be remembered for his joy of life.
9/7/2019 Roger and Vicky Bartlett Tyndall , South Dakota
Mike and Carol,
My sincerest condolences for the loss of your son Ben. He looked nothing like you Mike. You guys are my musical friends and I always look forward to seeing you at Jazz Fest. Don't know if you have heard of Whiskey Myers but was listening to Broken Window Serenade and thought it might be fitting. Going to be out of town for the weekend but you guys are in my thoughts and prayers.
9/7/2019 Kami Guthmiller Yankton, SD
Mike and Carol, I am so sorry for the loss of Ben. I wish I had words of comfort. I remember when we worked together and Ben was young struggling with his diabetes how caring and supportive you were for him. I pray for you during this time of grief. You were such loving parents to him! God bless him as he is no longer in any pain. Hugs to you!
9/7/2019 Peggy Nyhaug Irene, South Dakota
Dear Mike and Carole - very sorry to hear of Ben’s passing - so glad he can be with Grandma Helen now.
9/6/2019 Jean Johnson Tabor , SD
Mike and Carole, my deepest sympathy to you in the loss of your son Ben. As his obituary stated, he is running like the wind and free. I am thinking of you and wishing you peace in your hearts, both now and in the months to come.
9/6/2019 Mary Hansen Hladky Yankton, SD
So very sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
9/6/2019 Scott & Anita Sorensen Irene, SD
We are thinking and praying for you and your family.
9/6/2019 Kelly (Olson) Ellston Shawnee, KS
God's peace and comfort to you all during this time. Ben will live happily in your heart forever.
9/6/2019 Julie Lee Johnson Chester, South Dakota
Mike & Carole, I am so sorry to hear about Ben. My thoughts and prayers are with you!!
9/6/2019 Linda and Jerry Hofmann Tabor, SD
Our deepest sympathy to your family.
9/6/2019 Kristopher Vollmer Yankton , SD
Saddened for your loss. He was loved and will be missed dearly.
9/6/2019 Bill Perry Wymark, Saskatchewan, Canada
My thoughts and Prayers are with you all Carole, Mike and Family. Love you all Bill, Jean and Nick.
9/6/2019 Karl Diede Springfield , South Dakota
I am saddened by the loss of Ben, my thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.
9/5/2019 Chuck and Shelly Tannehill Ridgecrest, CA
We are so sorry for your loss. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.
9/5/2019 Amy Petrik Sioux Falls, SD
Deeply sad to hear of his passing. Ben was such a great kid when I met him 21 years ago at BHHS. Thinking of all of you and keeping you in my prayers.
9/5/2019 Ray and Trish Thomas Springfield, SD
So sorry to hear this news. Our hearts and prayers are with you during this time.
9/5/2019 Ted and Sandy Wechsler Sun City West, AZ
Oh, we are so very sorry to hear this news. God bless you and your family, and we will keep you in our prayers. You have our deepest sympathy.
9/4/2019 John & Karen Evenson Springfield, SD
So very sorry for your loss! Your family will be in our prayers and thoughts!

Funeral Service:
3:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 7, 2019

Goglin Funeral Home
807 W. 31st.
Yankton, South Dakota
1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 7, 2019

Goglin Funeral Home
807 W. 31st.
Yankton, South Dakota
Burial at a later date.
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