Benson B. Purchase

  Born November 27, 1946 in Detroit, Michigan son of the late Russell and Florence (Payne) Purchase passed away on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at age 68. He was currently of Lansing, MI.

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.

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Greg and Gail Eckels
December 8, 2014 at 12:38 pm

Our condolences to those that Ben has left behind — may God comfort your hearts with good memories of Ben. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Greg – worked with Ben at Hedlund Plumbing many years ago

Gail – works at Hazen Lumber, where we had the opportunity to catch up with Ben more recently

Mark and Jan Hippler
December 11, 2014 at 9:48 pm

We were saddened to hear of Ben’s passing. He did a GREAT deal of work on our home through the years and felt like family. (We were given his name by a mutual friend). Never have I seen a person with a stronger work ethic. He drove considerable distance to work for us so tended to work long hours to accomplish more. Reluctant at first, we finally convinced him to join us for meals which we all enjoyed. His friendly cajoling with our children made him feel like family at our table. He once fell off our roof breaking his collar bone…he didn’t mention the part about hurting himself, just apologized for breaking the glass in the door wall!!! We thought he just had another job to tend to when he was away for a few days. Will always remember Ben for his laugh, smile and incredible worth ethic. He made the World a better place. May he rest in peace. May fond memories help his family through this difficult time.

Lori Lynch
December 16, 2014 at 11:10 pm

I am so very sorry to hear of Bens passing. He was so kind and generous and such a hard worker. He did many home repairs for me and I feel fortunate to have known Ben. He was definately one of the good guys. RIP Ben.

Jackson family
December 27, 2014 at 2:30 pm

To Ben’s family – we were unable to come to his memorial but wanted you to know that he was such a great help to our family. My sister had a day care and he would come and do carpentry work for her but every time he came he always brought the children treats which they loved. He helped teach my brothers some carpentry skills that they didn’t know. He helped out several single mothers we knew and he was always fair with his prices, didn’t take advantage of them and was willing to let them make payments to him. People always said he was a nice man. My cousin said when he did work for him that he even brought a treat for the dog. May you be proud of your brother’s work ethic. We will miss him. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Rick Ballentine
January 3, 2015 at 1:11 pm

My family had the pleasure to know Ben for many years. Ben had made several improvements to our home and very quickly became a good friend. Trust, patience, and quality were his trademark qualities. Our family will certainly miss him. We are deeply saddened by your families loss.

Rick, Craig and Alexis.


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