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Richard Benjamin Smith

June 1, 1939 June 18, 2017
Richard Benjamin Smith
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Richard “Ben” Smith went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus on June 18, 2017. Ben is survived by his loving, caring wife, Arlene, daughters Cindy Bodell and Wendy Smith, grandchildren: Nicole (Mike) Stafford, Lance (Leanne) Bodell, and Gracie Smith-Jobski, and great granddaughter Claire Stafford, as well as his sister Mary Kleinfelt, brother-in-law Richard Kempf and many nieces and nephews, friends, and his church family.

Ben was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church; retired from GM after 35 years as maintenance Journeyman Welder, and was in the Air National Guard for 8 years.

Ben and his wife of 55 years enjoyed traveling together and often took long drives that sometimes turned into spontaneous trips away for a few days. He cherished the times he spent camping with his daughters, and then with his grandchildren. He loved every adventure he had with each of them. He ran at least 5 miles every day, rain or shine, for 38 years, and ran in numerous 5k races with his family members. He really enjoyed one of his hobbies of restoring old cars. He proudly received many 1st place trophies with his antique cars. He also built lots of things in his work shop where he spent much time.

A Memorial Service will be held Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation 1 hour prior to service at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 7910 E. St. Joe Hwy., Lansing, MI 48917. A luncheon at the church will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to his church Our Savior Lutheran Church or Sparrow Hospice House where he spent the last weeks of his life, and where he was cared for by many wonderful, caring, loving staff. Our big thanks go to all of them. The family is being served by Peters & Murray Funeral Home, Grand Ledge, MI, www.petersandmurrayfuneralhome.com

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Visitation

Thursday

20

Jul

10:00 AM 7/20/2017 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 7/20/2017 11:00:00 AM
Our Savior Lutheran Church

7910 E. St. Joe Hwy.
Lansing, MI 48917

Our Savior Lutheran Church
7910 E. St. Joe Hwy. Lansing 48917 MI
United States

Service

Thursday

20

Jul

11:00 AM 7/20/2017 11:00:00 AM
Our Savior Lutheran Church

7910 E. St. Joe Hwy.
Lansing, MI 48917

Our Savior Lutheran Church
7910 E. St. Joe Hwy. Lansing 48917 MI
United States
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