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Ben L. Cadwell

August 29, 1949 November 23, 2020
Ben L. Cadwell
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Ben L. Cadwell , 71, born August 29, 1949, passed away on November 23, 2020. Ben was a hard-working man who never passed up the opportunity to golf. If you knew Ben then you know he most likely had a beer in his hand and always one to share. He spent over 30 years as President of Cadwell Brothers Construction Company, who, along with his brothers Bob, Jeff and John built a successful underground excavation and road reconstruction business. It was a blessing to so many in the family as Ben’s daughters, nieces, nephews and cousins had the privilege of working for him. His life was made rich by the many employees, vendors and contractors who became lifelong friends.
A 1967 graduate of Grand Ledge High School, Ben was a standout basketball and football member of the varsity teams and went on to Ferris State University to study engineering and mathematics. His strong work ethic was passed along to his daughters and grandchildren whom he adored: Jody (Joseph) Dabrowski, their children Seph (Hunter) Dabrowski, Jillian (Ryan) Schuster, Chloe, Caleigh and Jack Dabrowski. Lucinda (David) Michelin, their children Elle and Abigail Barrett, Erika, Alexandra and Jessie Michelin. Betsy (Chris) Gunnels, their children Bryant and Lorelei Gunnels.
Ben is proceeded in death by his father Albert M. Cadwell and his nephew Michael S. Deuel. He is survived by his mother F. Lorraine Cadwell, his daughters, siblings, Jane (Larry) Fortino, Bob (Tyan) Cadwell, Jeff (Paula) Cadwell, John (Carolyn) Cadwell, many nieces and nephews, and his fiancé Kimberley Lawrence whom together they had the joy of spending time with their granddaughter Khloe, who loved her Papa.
There will be no services at this time. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, in loving memory of Ben Cadwell. Arrangements have been entrusted to Peters & Murray Funeral Home, Grand Ledge. Online condolences can be shared at

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