Lebanon Reporter

Obituaries

June 25, 2014

Benson E. 'Benjie' Michael

Mr. Benson E. “Benjie” Michael, 49, of Lebanon, passed away June 23, 2014, at Signature at Parkwood, Lebanon.Benjie was born Sept. 14, 1964, in Lebanon, a son of Benson G. “Benny” Michael and Barbara J. Bayless. He married Jessica K. Miller on Nov. 30, 2013, in Lebanon. She survives.Benjie was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during the Lebanon, Beirut and Granada conflicts. He worked at various jobs, then was self-employed until becoming ill in 2013. He was a member of the Lebanon VFW, Lebanon Eagles, Lebanon American Legion and the Moose at Mooseheart. He enjoyed building bird houses, fishing, watching sports, playing corn hole, riding his Harley, having cookouts and visiting with family and friends. His favorite holiday was the 4th of July.Survivors include his children, Deidra J. Michael and Dalton J. Michael; parents, Benny (Yovonnda) Michael of Frankfort, Barbara (Archie) Bayless of Alabama; grandmother, Nancy (Harold) Gibson of Frankfort; sister, Belinda (Alyssa) Michael Vasquez of Tennessee; half sister, Michelle N. (Jason) Owens of Colfax; stepbrother, Anthony (Jackie) Wells of Rossville; stepsister, Jodi L. (Marcus) Michael-Ramirez of Jefferson; father-in-law, David E. Miller of Lafayette; brothers-in-law, Jason M. McCarthy and Jakob A. Miller of Lafayette; sister-in-law, Darris M. Huntsman of Tennesse; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by grandparents, Robert P. Gibson, Julia and Benson H. “Ben” Michael; mother-in-law, Sara L. Miller; several aunts, uncles, cousins, and one nephew.Family and friends will gather Friday, June 27, for visitation from 3 until 7 p.m. and services will be Saturday, June 28, at 1 p.m. in the Strawmyer & Drury Mortuary, 2400 N. Lebanon St., Lebanon, with the Rev. Bud Moody officiating. Benjie will be laid to rest with military honors at Bunnell Cemetery in Frankfort.Memorial contributions may be made to his wife and children.Online condolences may be made at www.strawmyerdrury.com.

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