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Benjamin  Richard "Ben" Schlubatis

Benjamin Richard "Ben" Schlubatis
  • May 15, 1972 - April 2, 2017
  • Grand Rapids, MI and formerly of Battle Creek, Michigan

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“I just wanted to light up a candle for Ben, he was a father to our daughter, Shannon. I did leave a message earlier per my cell phone, it did not...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Julie Josten - Portage, MI

“Ben was the father of our daughter Shannon, he and I were married in 1998, created a beautiful daughter who was born in October of 1999. We did have...Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: Julie Josten - Portage, MI

“To Joe and Jean, Bill Doug and Dave~ So sorry to hear this. He was my friend for many years growing up. Many good times and saw him a few years ago...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: Danny Smith - Richlan, MI

“Ben you will be very much missed, I knew you along time way back when you, Bill and Bobby (my son) were friendsI always enjoyed seeing you I wish I...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: nancy Ingold Thomson - MO

“Ben was a step brother to me at a early time in my life growing up. I always thought of Ben as a brother to me. I haven't seen him in a long time but...Read More »
5 of 11 | Posted by: Rick Rynd - Kalamazoo, MI

“So very sad to hear of Ben's passing. He was a great guy - many fond memories of him from Gull Lake High School. My thoughts are with his family....Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Heather McAllister Iannone - NY

“Ben was a brother to me, he helped me out, he made us laugh. He would do anything for anyone- no questions asked. He was a kind hearted soul.I have...Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: Laurel Davis - Henderson, NV

“Our hearts are breaking at the sad news of Ben's passing. We can still see Ben as a young child running and causing general mischief with brother...Read More »
8 of 11 | Posted by: Jerry and Karen Lake - Newton, NC

“Have a lot of memories with Ben and Bill, he was such a funny guy. All my love is sent to his family at this time. Rest in heaven my friend, you are...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: Laurie Kelmer - Friend

“Such sad news I have known the Schlubatis family my whole life. Unfortunately I will be working and cannot attend services. Deepest condolences ”
10 of 11 | Posted by: Scott Keagle - Battle Creek, MI

“I have known Ben since our 1st day of kindergarten at Bedford elementary. I always considered Ben a friend. I hadn't seen him in what seems like...Read More »
11 of 11 | Posted by: Beth Johnson - Seminole, FL

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Benjamin Richard "Ben" Schlubatis of Grand Rapids, MI and formerly of Battle Creek, MI

Ben, age 44, died unexpectedly of an apparent heart attack, Sunday morning, April 2, 2017 at his residence.

Ben, the son of Joseph R. Schlubatis and Carla L. (Garrison) Schlubatis, was born in Battle Creek on May 15, 1972. He was a 1990 graduate of Gull Lake High School and had recently been employed by a tree service company. Ben was an Out-of-Doors type of guy who also liked to go mushrooming and toil in the garden. He was a fairly accomplished painter and guitarist.

Ben is survived by his daughter, Shannon R. Schlubatis of Portage, MI; his dad and step-mom, Joe and Jean Schlubatis of Battle Creek; his mom and step-dad, Carla and Thomas O'Neil of Paw Paw, MI; three brothers, William H. Schlubatis of Las Vegas, NV, David M. (Michelle) Shulkin of Bloomfield, MI and Douglas L. Shulkin of Nashville, TN; twin nieces, Ashley and Brooke Shulkin and a nephew, Nicholas Schlubatis.

The Funeral Service to celebrate Ben's life will be held on Friday, April 7th at 1:30 p.m. at the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Battle Creek with Rev. Douglas R. Nettleton, Pastor of the Pennfield Presbyterian Church, officiating. Interment will follow in Floral Lawn Memorial Gardens, Battle Creek. Ben's family will greet friends on Thursday, April 6th from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Ben's honor may be directed to Shannon's Educational Fund, c/o Advia Credit Union, 901 E. Milham Avenue, Portage, MI 49024, with the check made-out to Shannon R. Schlubatis and account number in the memo line: 1110070432429.