Dennis Jay Benson

June 23, 1948March 22, 2019

DENNIS JAY BENSON - Of Kalamazoo, formerly of Jackson, passed away peacefully after a six year battle with P.S.P (Progressive Supranuclear Palsy) on Friday, March 22, 2019 at the age of 70. He is survived by his loving wife of nearly 51 years, Antoinette "Toni" Benson; two children, Ehren (Andrea) Benson and Rachel (Travis) DeLong; three grandchildren, Eli, Cailyn and Thatcher; his mother, Maxine Benson; brothers, Rodney (Carol) Benson and Don (Mary) Benson as well as nieces, nephews, loving family members and friends. He was preceded in death by three infant sons, Allan, Buffy and Corey; his father, Ellis Benson and brothers, Roger and Charles "Sonny" Benson. He graduated from Parkside High School then served in the United States Navy. After his honorable discharge he and Toni resided in Florida until DJ finished college. They returned to Jackson in 1972 and raised their family. DJ was as an officer for the Jackson City Police Dept. He also worked as a brakeman for the Railroad, then retired as a Real Estate Broker. He was a hardworking and loving family man. He liked to bowl and had a passion for Hot Rods. He was a race car fan and enjoyed working on them as much as watching the races. He touched the lives of many and will be greatly missed. A Celebration of his life with be held at United Methodist Church in Marshall (721 US Hwy 27 N., Marshall, MI 49068) on Friday, April 12, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. The family will receive relatives and friends from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Mr. Benson will be laid to rest at Ft. Custer National Cemetery on Friday, April 12, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in Battle Creek, Michigan.

Chas. J. Burden & Son Funeral Home 1806 E. Michigan Ave. Jackson, Michigan 49202


  • Celebration of Life with visitation starting one hour prior Friday, April 12, 2019
  • Burial at Ft. Custer National Cemetery Friday, April 12, 2019

Dennis Jay Benson

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