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“Ben and I played together as children and were in the same class at Royal Oak Dondaro. We lived 5 houses apart on N. Washington Ave.He was my...Read More »
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“Ben was a great guy. I know him and my dad enjoyed many rounds of golf together at walnut hills! Very sorry to hear of his passing. ”
2 of 5 | Posted by: Jason Hauer - Okemos, MI

“Ben and Shirley welcomed us to the Tacoma Hills neighborhood and were always caring , friendly and helpful neighbors. Ben's cheerful presence will...Read More »
3 of 5 | Posted by: Viola Mtchell - Okemos, MI

“Ben was a great neighbor for almost 24 years. His yard was always beautiful and meticulous. We will miss him.Paul and Theresa Crockett ”
4 of 5 | Posted by: Theresa Crockett - Okemos, MI

“One of the really good guys. Always enjoyed his company and playing golf with Ben, as we did often, was a pleasure. We will miss you. RIP ”
5 of 5 | Posted by: Gary Ganakas - East Lansing, MI


Benjamin Harding Lewis Jr., "Ben" , age 81 of Okemos, died Sunday, April 8, 2018. Ben was born May 23, 1936 in Wyoming, Pennsylvania, son of the late Benjamin Harding Lewis and and the late Sara Elizabeth (nee: Reid) Lewis.

Ben's family moved from Pennsylvania to Royal Oak, Michigan when Ben was a young boy. The family settled into Royal Oak where Ben attended Royal Oak Schools. As a young man, Ben excelled at sports, especially baseball, basketball, and track & field. He was admired by his fellow athletes as a great athlete and sportsman.

Ben graduated from Royal Oak Dondero High School, the graduating class of 1954. He would go on to Eastern Michigan University where he played for the basketball team before leaving and joining the United States Navy. Ben's time in the military was spent in Texas where he served as a Medic until receiving his honorable discharge, and his eventual return home.

Ben returned to Eastern Michigan University and was, once again, drawn back to sports. He would eventually become a "walk on" player for the University's baseball team playing second base. Upon the conclusion of his education, Ben returned home to Royal Oak and put his business and social skills to work as a salesman. Ben eventually found his niche working for AAA Insurance where he excelled as an insurance salesman. Ben was a top seller within the company for the majority of his career. He would rise to the rank of General Agent and found a new market and home in the Lansing Michigan area.

Ben and his family settled into the burgeoning community of Okemos, Michigan, a bedroom community for the home of Michigan State University. The community became home to Ben and his wife Shirley, and also their three children. Ben and Shirley were active in the community and also very active in the children's many sports and extramural events. Over the years, Ben coached his son's teams for both baseball and basketball.

Outside of his work and professional career in insurance, Ben never forgot his love for sports. He stayed active with swimming, racquetball, and became a passionate golfer. Many days he would be out on the links with his sons or friends for a competitive round of golf. He later became a member of Walnut Hills Country Club, the home of the LPGA Oldsmobile Classic... Ben loved the club and its host of members. His love of all sports never ceased, a trait he passed on to his sons and grandchildren. Ben cherished anytime he could watch his children or grandchildren compete in sporting events.

Benjamin Lewis was the beloved husband of the late Shirley (nee: Bonham) Lewis, and was the loving father of Brian Lewis, Sandra (David) Temrowski, and Bradley (Laura) Lewis. He was the cherished Grandpa of Ben, Kelly, William, Jack, Olivia, and dear brother of Sally (the late John) Goodrow. Ben is also survived by other family members and dear friends.

Memorial Services for Ben will be held at a later date.

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