April 18, 1926March 3, 2021

Putman, Ben A. passed away peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. He was 94 years old. Ben was born in Unicoi, Tennessee on April 18, 1926. The son of James “Webb” and Sylvia Putman (McInturff). At the age of 13, Ben and his family moved to Adrian, Michigan. Ben was drafted during World War II, at the age of 18, and served as a Combat Medic for the Army. During his tour of duty, Ben was shot in the leg while saving a fellow comrade. Ben was awarded the purple heart for his injury during battle and was able to make a full recovery. After being discharged from the military, Ben came to Ann Arbor and met Barbara, who would become his wife of 68 years until her passing on February 27th, 2018. Ben began his career at the University of Michigan as a maintenance worker. Due to his hard work and determination, Ben was asked to apply for a plumbing apprenticeship. He was accepted into the program and excelled. Ben completed the apprenticeship and had a long successful plumbing career at the University of Michigan. He retired in March 1986 as a Plumbing Supervisor after a successful 36-year career. After retirement, Ben and Barbara took up golf. Ben found he was quite good at it too– even sinking a few hole-in-ones. He and Barbara would always walk the course, even into their 80’s, and enjoyed the regular exercise. Ben is survived by his son; David B. (Joann Crescio), grandson; Brett (Maureen), great grandsons; Jameson and Bennett (who was named after Ben himself) and three sisters; Wanda (Judkins), Viola (Taylor), Evelyn (Chapman). In addition to Barbara, he was preceded in death by his daughter; Julie Ann, sister Pauline (Aldrich) and brothers; Beuford, Sheler and Doug. Ben was also very close with his nieces and nephews; Jim (Marge) Hopper, Diane Hopper, Beth (Robert) Newman, and Laurie (Gerald) Stegenga. Cremation has taken place. During these difficult pandemic times, the family has asked that you honor Ben’s life by playing a round of golf when the weather warms or cherishing a memory of him over dinner with family. His remains will be buried at Washtenong Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Ben’s name to Zion Lutheran Church or the charity of your choice. Please visit the funeral chapel website to leave the family your condolences.


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Juventino Villarreal

March 17, 2021

To his son David. My sincere condolences on your loss. Tino

Betty Ratcliff

March 6, 2021

Ben was an avid mall walker at Briarwood Mall. He had many friends and enjoyed the conversations daily.

Ben was a very humble , grateful , respectful and compassionate person. He shared stories of his childhood, his time in the military, his work experience but, mostly his love for his wife, Barbara.

My favorite memory of Ben is our singing together, along with the Christmas Carols the mall played during the holidays
Ben had friendships with several mall walkers, including Charlie, Ray, Leroy and Webster. He looked forward to their visits.

May his family and church be blessed with comfort.

Betty Ratcliff and the rest of the mall walkers