Pastor Ben joined the Lord he served this past week after a brief illness. He was 64.

Ben earned a B.A. at Michigan State University, as well as Master of Arts and Master of Divinity degrees from San Francisco Theological Seminary. A man of distinct tastes, he was a choir director and church organist in addition to being an ordained minister, and served in all of those capacities at many churches in Mid-Michigan. He was Director of Public Policy and Advocacy at Lutheran Social Services of Michigan for many years, retiring in 2011. He practiced what he preached, and was a committed donor to a number of charities and institutions that work for the public good.

He is preceded in death by his brother Jeff and parents Don and Ann. He is survived by his son Robert (Velia) and daughter Melissa Diaz (John), as well as grandchildren Anya, Kiara, Gabriel and Zoey.

A visitation will be held Thursday, January 24 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel, 325 W. Washtenaw St. in Lansing. A memorial service will be held Friday, January 25 at 11:30 a.m. at University Lutheran Church, 1020 S. Harrison Rd. in East Lansing. If desired, donations to Ele’s Place may be made in lieu of flowers.

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32 Messages to “Rev. Benjamin M. Baldus”

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    Roger A. Brown Says:

    Ben was a classmate at the San Francisco Theological Seminary who introduced me to the art of Robert Hodgell. Only now, in the last year or so as I have wanted to sell my collection of art and found his address in my stored records did I turn to the internet. I believe I also saw his name in The Chimes in the memoriam section but didn’t think of using the internet. Ben was a great person who had a spiritual aura about him, well grounded and just a pleasure to be with while we shared that seminary experience together. I am so sorry of learn of his passing. I often wondered what his relationship to Hodgell was as he sold me several of his works and interestingly, Hodgell was born in Mankato, Kansas, my home state.
    My heart-felt condolences to all his family and those who knew him best in what must have been a great ministry for the Lord.
    Roger Brown

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    Christine Klatt Says:

    Ben Baldus was truly one of the finest human beings I have ever known. We shared ministry at LSSM for many years, and I always admired his outspoken–often outraged–advocacy on behalf of those in need. He was a friend I could call on when I needed solace, advice, or just plain common sense. We parted paths when I moved up north, but had kept up with one another via Facebook, sharing Lutherpalian jokes, as well as funny church musician stories. I know God will enjoy having him home as much as we enjoyed having him here with us. Blessings and grace to the family whom he loved so much.

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