Benjamin Luna was a hardworking man who believed in treating everyone fairly and with respect, said his wife, Carolyn Luna.
He was funny and warm, and loved his children and grandchildren and was proud of their accomplishments.
“People admired Ben’s gentle and kind ways. He was truly known as being a gentleman,” she said. “He had a warm smile, a great sense of humor and was known for his one-liners.”
Benjamin Luna, 76, of Hobart, died Nov. 13. He worked 28 years for the Gary School Corporation and retired from the River Forest School Corporation, where he had served as principal for Evans Elementary School.
He was actively involved in many community organizations, including serving on the Board of Directors for Methodist Hospital and Ivy Tech. He also served as president of the Hispanic Coordinating Council and a district coordinator for Adam Benjamin, the late congressman.
He was awarded the Sagamore of the Wabash in 1994 and the Quality of Life Award in 2005.
Luna was an avid reader, loved movies and was passionate about Notre Dame football.
He spent 34 years in public education, his wife said.
“As a principal, he was dedicated to creating a learning environment that was enjoyable for both the students as well as the staff,” she said. “He always said that fall was his favorite time of year because it meant the beginning of a new school year.”
He also believed in being active in his community, both in politics and in numerous community organizations.
He had a strong desire to help others.
“He was energized by helping others advance their lives in some form, whether it be by helping them gain employment, or by helping a youngster get a scholarship for school,” she said. “Ben was very involved and committed to furthering the Hispanic community. His desire was to help create educational opportunities for the youth as he had once been afforded.”