Benson was raised in Fowlerville, Michigan and graduated from Fowlerville High School in 1966. Following high school he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during Vietnam.
Benson had worked as a licensed home improvement contractor for over 30 years in the Lansing area. He was the owner and operator of Purchase Construction. He loved Lansing and enjoyed the many people he encountered in his home town. He especially enjoyed the staff and patrons of Spuds Restaurant and always looked forward to Weiner Wednesday’s at Hazen Lumber. His family was of most importance to him and the only days he would take off of work were for family commitments and get-togethers.
Surviving are his brother, Basil Purchase; sisters, Bethel (Earl) Brown and Bonnie (Gary) Brya; brother-in-law, Joseph Metzger along with many nieces, nephews and other extended family members. Benson was preceded in death by his sister, Beverly Metzger.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 13, 2014, at the Fowlerville United Methodist Church, 201 S. 2nd St. in Fowlerville with Pastor Tom Tarpley officiating. There will be a light lunch to follow.
Memorial contributions, in Benson’s memory, may be made to the Disabled American Veterans Association or Heartland Hospice.