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Dale J. Benjamin Jr.

January 19, 1930 May 28, 2016
Dale J. Benjamin Jr.
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Obituary for Dale J. Benjamin Jr.

Dale Benjamin, Jr. Born January 19, 1930 died peacefully on May 28, 2016 from complications of a stroke at the Halquist Memorial Inpatient Hospice in Arlington, Virginia. Dale, and his wife Helen, were long-time residents of Delta Township and built and operated Benjamin Parking Lot Maintenance. Dale served Eaton County for almost two decades as an elected official; first, serving on, and chairing, the County Board of Commissioners, and subsequently, as Eaton County Drain Commissioner. He served on the National Association of County Officials (NACO) and many committees for NACO. A lifelong Republican, Dale was Chairman of the Republican Party in Eaton County and enthusiastically campaigned with Republican Presidential Candidates John Connolly and, Gerald Ford, when Ford ran for re-election. Dale was a 32nd degree Mason and belonged to the Lansing Chamber of Commerce. Rooted in his upbringing as a farmer, Dale was a lifelong conservationist and chaired the Eaton County Parks and Recreation advisory board. Prior to his marriage in 1955, Dale served in the Michigan National Guard. Dale earned his private pilots license and loved flying; back down on earth, Dale and Helen traveled extensively by motorhome and belonged to many motorhome clubs. They celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary on March 18, 2016.

Dale was the youngest son of Dale Benjamin, Sr. and Evelyn Merry Benjamin. He was predeceased by his son, Thomas Benjamin, and is survived by his loving wife, Helen Irene Benjamin (nee Padgham), his daughter, Sharon Benjamin-Bothwell, Ph.D. and son-in-law Robert Bothwell of Alexandria, Virginia and two grandsons, Matthew Benjamin and his wife Tricia of Newaygo, Michigan and Marshall Benjamin and his wife Tina of Brohman, Michigan, a daughter-in-law, Shelly Benjamin of Howard City, Michigan and many other loving family members including several great-grandchildren.

Family and friends may call after 10AM, Friday June 3, 2016 at Peters & Murray Funeral Home in Grand Ledge, MI with a funeral service to follow at 11AM and interment immediately after at Delta Center Cemetery. Online condolences may be shared at www.petersandmurrayfuneralhome.com.

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Visitation

Friday

3

Jun

10:00 AM 6/3/2016 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 6/3/2016 11:00:00 AM
Peters & Murray Funeral Home

301 E. Jefferson Street
Grand Ledge, MI 48837

Peters & Murray Funeral Home
301 E. Jefferson Street Grand Ledge 48837 MI
United States

Service

Friday

3

Jun

11:00 AM 6/3/2016 11:00:00 AM
Peters & Murray Funeral Home

301 E. Jefferson Street
Grand Ledge, MI 48837

Peters & Murray Funeral Home
301 E. Jefferson Street Grand Ledge 48837 MI
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Delta Center Cemetery Final Resting Place

7301 W. St. Joseph Hwy.
Lansing, MI 48917

7301 W. St. Joseph Hwy. Lansing 48917 MI
United States
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