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.
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
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