Benzing, Robert

Robert L. Benzing, 71, of Clayton, Mich., died Sunday, April 27, 2008, at University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich.

He was born Nov. 12, 1936, in Wapakoneta, Ohio, to Guy Leroy and Alma Louise (Sandkuhl) Benzing. He married Janice Speckman on Dec. 26, 1959, in St. Marys, Ohio, and she survives.

Robert retired from General Motors in Adrian after 27 years of service. He graduated from St. Marys Memorial High School in 1955 and attended the Ohio State Hwy. Patrol Academy. He was a member of the National Rifle Association, Free Mason and Pheasants Forever. He was an all-around sportsman while enjoying the outdoors and dearly loved his wife, children and grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, Robert is survived by one daughter, Amy (and William) Ritchie of Clayton; two sons, Michael (and Robin) Benzing of Britton, Mich., and David (and Tracie) Benzing of Sand Creek, Mich.; nine grandchildren, Rachel, Teri, Abigail, Joshua, Adam, Chelsea, Wyatt, Daniel and Suzanne; two sisters, Marie Cordier of Centerville, Ohio, and Sue Ann Miller of New Bremen, Ohio.

Funeral services are scheduled at 11 a.m. May 1 at Eagle Funeral Home in Hudson with Pastor Larry Brown officiating. Interment will follow in North Dover Cemetery. Visitation is planned from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 30.

Those planning an expression of sympathy may make memorial contributions to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation or the University of Michigan Cardiac Intensive Care Unit.