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Douglas Benjamin Kankiewicz

Posted: Friday, Jan 6th, 2017

Douglas Benjamin Kankiewicz, 38, of Longmont, Colo., passed away Dec. 17, 2016, at home.

Ben was born in Solvang, Calif., on Jan. 4, 1978, to Thomas and Debra Kankiewicz. He grew up in the Central Coast area of California. He was the fourth of six children.

Ben was intuitive; always taking things apart and putting them back together. He had great technical aptitude and could fix anything. He was invited to train for the Olympic swim team in Southern California at the age of 14. Ben was proud of the fact he was self-educated. Swimming, soccer and basketball are the sports he enjoyed. Early hobbies were HO train models and several pets.

He remained on the Central Coast of California until he moved to Longmont in 2004, where he continued to build his business, Spectronix, which started out selling memory chips, then mother boards, assembled computers and continued on to repair amplifiers and projectors. He was a successful business promoter and owner. He was also an inventor and owner of several patents. His church affiliation was Faith Community Lutheran Church.

Ben enjoyed remodeling houses, carpentry, electrical work, fixing things, spending time with family members and nephews. He also enjoyed music, geology, swimming and history of religion and the Bible.

Ben is survived by his parents, Thomas and Debra Kankiewicz; brothers Adam, Christian, David and Thomas II; sister Cynthia Schechter; nephews Judah and Liam (Cynthia and Dave Schechterís children of Boulder, Colo.), Jack and niece Signe (Adam and Kimís children of Washington), uncle John and Paul Cucura; aunt Karen Cucura and grandmother Mrs. Constance Cucura of California.

A Celebration of Life was at 11 a.m. on Jan. 4, 2017, at Faith Community Lutheran Church, Longmont. Private interment was at Ryssby Cemetery. Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers can be made to St. Judeís Hospital for Children in Douglas Benjaminís name. Visit ahlbergfuneralchapel.com to share condolences.

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