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Charles E. Benton

September 5, 1946 May 20, 2018
Charles E. Benton
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Obituary for Charles E. Benton

Charles E. Benton, age 71, of Sturgis, MI passed away Sunday, May 20, 2018. He had been fighting cancer for the last 5 years.
He was born Sept. 5, 1946 in Sturgis, MI a son of Guila M. Benton.
Charlie had resided in Colon and Sturgis. His early life was spent in Bronson, Fulton, Kalkaska, Mesick, and Maple City, MI where he finished school. He received his GED diploma while in the military in 1967.
Charlie was first married to Sharon A. Day, Feb. 8, 1968 in New Castle, IN. This marriage ended in divorce. On Oct. 16, 1981, he married Judy K. Fennell in Centreville, MI.
Charlie was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Vietnam War from 1966 to 1968. He was stationed 18 months in the 220th Aviation Company in Hue/Phu Bai, Vietnam, earning the rank of SP/5. He was a member of the American Legion Post 0454 in Colon, MI.
When he returned from the service he worked for Universal Diesel. He retired from Abbott Laboratories, Ross Products Division, in Sturgis in 1998 after 30 years of employment. He worked his way up in the company to Supervisor of Can Manufacturing the last 12 years.
Charlie was a do-it-yourselfer, enjoyed maintaining his property and helping others.
Charlie is survived by his loving wife of 36 years: Judy; his children: Troy Lee (Bettie) Benton of Plainwell, Charles Evan (Megan) Benton of Grand Rapids, Christy Elaine Benton of Three Rivers, and Brian Robert (Michelle Sobie) Benton of Sturgis. Several grandchildren; one sister: Rosemary Benton of Dayton, OH, his mother-in-law: Phyllis Fennell of Sturgis, and many special friends.
According to his wishes, cremation has taken place. The family will receive friends and relatives from 12 noon – 3:00 P.M., Friday, at the Rosenberg Chapel of Hackman Family Funeral Homes, 807 E. Chicago Rd. Sturgis, MI 49091.
A Memorial Service to celebrate the life of Charles E. Benton will be held at 3:00 P.M., Friday, immediately following visitation, at the funeral home with Pastor Marty Burdick, officiating.
The family suggest memorial donations be directed to Hospice of Southwest Michigan or the American Cancer Society, envelopes are available at the funeral home.
His obituary is also at www.hackmanfamilyfuneralhomes.com where personal messages of support may be left for the family.


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Friday

25

May

12:00 PM 5/25/2018 12:00:00 PM - 3:00 PM 5/25/2018 3:00:00 PM
Rosenberg Chapel of Hackman Family Funeral Homes

807 E. Chicago Rd
Sturgis, MI 49091

Rosenberg Chapel of Hackman Family Funeral Homes
807 E. Chicago Rd Sturgis 49091 MI
United States

memorial service

Friday

25

May

3:00 PM 5/25/2018 3:00:00 PM
Rosenberg Chapel of Hackman Family Funeral Homes

807 E. Chicago Rd
Sturgis, MI 49091

Rosenberg Chapel of Hackman Family Funeral Homes
807 E. Chicago Rd Sturgis 49091 MI
United States
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