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Family Tree of Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger

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Explore the family tree of NFL Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, from his Roethlisberger roots in Switzerland, to his deep roots in Ohio, including the Foust, Heslop, Shoemaker, Decker, Foster, Zimmerly, Saunders and Amstutz families, among others.

1. Benjamin Todd "Ben" Roethlisberger was born 2 March 1982 in Lima, Allen, Ohio to Kenneth T. Roethlisberger and Ida Jane Foust. 1 Ben's parents divorced in 1984 when Ben was 2 years old. 2 Ida later remarried to Daniel N. Protsman. 3 Ben was raised by his father and his step-mother, Brenda.

Father:
2. Kenneth Todd Roethlisberger, a former pitcher and quarterback at Georgia Tech, was born in 1956 to Kenneth Carl Roethlisberger and Audrey Louise Heslop. 4

Mother:
3. Ida Jane Foust was born on 12 September 1956 in Ohio to Franklin "Frank" Foust and Frances Arlene "Fran" Shoemaker. 5 She died as the result of injuries sustained in a car accident on 24 September 1990 while on the way to pick up Ben at his Dad's for a weekend together when Ben was just 8 years old. 6 When Ben points up to heaven after each Steelers touchdown, it is for both God and his mother, Ida.

Ken Roethlisberger and Ida Jane Foust were married on 1 September 1979 in Allen County, Ohio 7, and divorced on 26 July 1984 in Allen County, Ohio. 8 They had two children:

+1. i. Benjamin Todd "Ben" Roethlisberger

ii. Carlee Roethlisberger

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