Michael Eugene Bens

March 27, 1948April 6, 2021

Michael Eugene Bens, age 73 of East Lansing, MI passed away on Tuesday, April 6, 2021. He was born March 27, 1948 in Rapid City, SD the son of Franklin Eugene and Sevie Marguerite (Rainow) Bens. Michael retired from General Motors after working as a Journeyman Electrician and a Skilled Trades Manager. After retirement he stayed on as a consultant. He loved to travel and was proud of being a world traveler. Michael enjoyed playing tennis and listening to classic rock music, he was an avid MSU Sports fan. Michael was a car enthusiast and especially loved his Corvette and Reatta cars. He never met a stranger and will be remembered for his kind heart and fun personality. During his retirement, he loved to swim daily at the Michigan Athletic Club. Michael is survived by his loving wife, Kathleen Bens, devoted daughter, Dr. Michelle Bens Clare and her husband, Dr. William Clare, Jr., beloved grandson, Michael Clare, and his dear brother, Steven Bens. He was preceded in death by his parents and his loving daughter, Kristine Bens. A Memorial Celebration of Michael’s life will be held at a later date. The family would like to thank the staff at McLaren Greater Lansing Hospital ICU and ED for the kind and compassionate care they gave Michael. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Michael’s honor may be made to the Capital Area Humane Society or the Greater Lansing Food Bank. The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home East Lansing Chapel. To leave an on-line condolence for the family please visit


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Sue Powell

April 11, 2021

Dear Bens family,
I am so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. Even though I haven’t seen him in years. I remember when we reconnected many many years ago at East Lansing Park. We both recognized each other, I believe at same time. He was a great man and will surely be missed by everyone that knew him.
Sue Finlay Powell🙏

Bruce Winkler

April 9, 2021

Always remembered Mike with a smile and his intention to always do what he felt was right - both at Oldsmobile and with the Planned Maintenance Group at the corporate level. We've lost a good friend.....

Kristan Buege and family

April 9, 2021

Dear Bens family, I am so sorry for your loss. I pray that you find strength and peace knowing that he is no longer in pain. Please remember that he will always be with you in your heart. When you feel his presence I hope that may bring you peace!
Glenn, Allison and Kristan Buege

Jim & Patty Miller

April 9, 2021

Hi Kathy- Patty and I heard of Mike’s passing and want to send our condolences. Seeing Mike every morning always raised our expectations of what the rest of the day would bring. His love of life and thoughtfulness for others raised the spirits of all those around him.
We were looking forward to seeing you both as our circumstances will allow us to return to the MAC soon. I will miss my locker room Buddy and our talks of where our next trips were going to take us.
We send our love Kathy and know Mike is well with the Lord. Jim and Patty