Age 83, of Lansing, passed away October 18, 2011. He was born February 19, 1928 in Lansing, the son of the late Charles A. and Pearl Benson.

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.

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5 Messages to “Charles “Doc” Benson, DVM”

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    Paul Sedlacek Says:

    I just read about “Doc’s” passing in the MSU Perspectives magazine.
    I was certainly saddened to hear about it and it caused me to reflect about his impact on me. I learned a lot about business from hi..but some things about life as well. I always admired his love of life, positive outlook, and especially his dedication and affection for his wife. He was truely one of the “larger than life” chararacters I’ve ever had the good fortune of knowing.

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    Stephen Sage Says:

    I am so sad to hear we have lost “Doc” My condolences to the entire family. You are often in my thoughts. Peace be with you all.

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    Ron Edwards Says:

    Pete, Debi, Don & lisa:
    Sorry to read of your loss . . . you are all in my prayers.

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    Nancy Gitre Says:

    I have such fond memories of Dr. Benson as an employer, and as the dad of my best friend, Cherie during high school. His hearty laugh is unforgettable! I am sorry for your loss.

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    Laurette M. Peffers and Charlene R. Crouch Says:

    Dear Don, Lisa and Family:

    We are so terribly saddened to learn of ‘Doc’s’ passing. Having lost a Husband and Father, we realize only too well the depth of your heart’s loss.

    As Momma and I said to Don earlier, Doc was an unforgettable personage: hearty, humorous, full of life and a big, sweet Bear-of-a-Man. Momma and Daddy both thought the world of Doc.

    May He now rest in heaven with the Lord, be with his Angels, and for ever look over Us All.

    With Much Love to All,

    Mom and Charlene

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