Charles was a graduate of Lansing Eastern High School. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and then went on to earn his doctorate from the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine. He owned and operated 5 Benson Animal Hospitals located in the greater Lansing area. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Lansing and the Lansing Rotary. Doc was an avid outdoorsman and a lover of all animals.
Charles was preceded in death by his brothers, Dr. John R. Benson, D.O. and Dr. Donald E. Benson, DDS, MS. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Marilyn A. Benson. They had six children: Don (Lisa) Benson, Peter Benson, Kathy VanAsperen, Mary Deyarmond, Cherie (Pat) Mann, and Charlie (Karen) Benson. They also adored their 11 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.
The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 22, 2011 at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel with Pastor Kevin Berry of Mount Hope Church officiating. Interment will follow in Hillside Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.