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Ralph Leroy Benedict

Ralph Leroy Benedict
  • September 5, 1929 - February 27, 2021
  • Battle Creek, Michigan
  • Battle Creek Academy Worthy Student Fund
    480 Parkway Drive
    Battle Creek, MI 49017
  • Historic Adventist Village
    480 W Van Buren Street
    Battle Creek, MI 49037
  • Battle Creek Kiwanis Wildlife Sanctuary
    3 1/2 Mile Rd
    Battle Creek, MI 49015

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“Our sympathy to Beverly and family. As Christians, we know Ralph is where we all hope to be one day - in the arms of our Maker and Lord. We...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: Patricia Fosdick - Battle Creek

“I'll be with you tomorrow in spirit. Big hugs to you all. ”
2 of 10 | Posted by: Anne Swilling - New Hope, AL

“I have know Raplh most of my life, he and Bev introduced my brother to the woman he later married, Hes been a family friend that I was proud to know. ”
3 of 10 | Posted by: Bob Spaulding - Hastings, MI

“I have many great memories of working with Ralph and Beverly on my printing projects! Please accept my deepest condolences. ”
4 of 10 | Posted by: Gail Guth - Friend

“So very sorry to hear of Ralph's passing. So many memories beginning way back in the 60's when I became acquainted with his father in law Ernie...Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: David H Eddy - MI - Family Friend

“My fondest memory of Uncle Ralph, was his adventurous trip to the Amazon region to visit his missionary sister, Ardis, my mother. He spent about 6...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: Har Mahdeem - Boynton Beach, FL

“My sister Diana And I were blessed to have great childhood memories of Pathfiders, babysitting, ironing, and working in their print shop. They were...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: Linda Jerzyk - Battle Creek, MI

“Very sorry to hear of this. Prayers for the family. ”
8 of 10 | Posted by: Jack and Cyndi Minear - MI

“To Beverly and Family, 3-2-2021It was so sad to learn of Ralph's death. He was a very...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Freda Swensen - Santa Clara, CA

“We are deeply sorry for the loss of Ralph. We remember seeing him at the business and throughout his community service. We will keep you in our...Read More »
10 of 10 | Posted by: Teresa Durham - Battle Creek, MI

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Ralph Leroy Benedict, 91, of Battle Creek, died February 27, 2021 at 2:45 AM in Kalamazoo Bronson Methodist Hospital after a traumatic fall at home on Feb. 26.

He was born September 5, 1929 at Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan to Howard E. and Zelma E. (Palmiter) Benedict. He attended elementary school in Grand Rapids, then spent his high school years at Cedar Lake Academy in Cedar Lake, MI. He graduated from there in 1948. He met Beverly E. Benjamin while they were in school at the academy. They were married September 3, 1950. To this union three children were born: Denise, Dennis, and Laurie.

Ralph learned the printing trade when his father-in-law, Ernest E. Benjamin, invited him to work for him at the Benjamin Press on Van Buren St. After working there for 10 years, Ralph & Bev had the opportunity to start their own printing business, which they named B & R Letter Shop, and operated it for 30 years.

Ralph was active in various capacities at his church, the Battle Creek Tabernacle of Seventh Day Adventists. He also taught printing at Battle Creek Academy for two years and served many years on the school board. He belonged to the Battle Creek Kiwanis Club for 60 years. He also enjoyed serving in a variety of other community organizations. One of his enjoyments was to take people on tours of the Adventist historical sites in Battle Creek, then later the Historic Adventist Village. He also helped with building renovations and scheduling tour groups in the "Village" for many years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his two brothers Kenneth and Russell, his four sisters Leota, Ardis, Carole, and Agnes. He is survived by his wife Beverly, daughters Denise (James) Carter of Bellevue, MI, and Laurie (Stephen) Erickson of Papua New Guinea, son Dennis (Eddie) Benedict of Loudon, TN, a brother, Roy Benedict of Muskegon, MI, four grandsons, two granddaughters, two great-granddaughters, four great-grandsons, four step-granddaughters, four step great-granddaughters and two step great-grandsons.

A memorial service will be held at the Battle Creek Tabernacle of Seventh-day Adventists, 264 W. Michigan Ave., at 4 PM on Saturday, March 6, 2021.

Memorial gifts can be given to the Battle Creek Academy Worthy Student Fund, Historic Adventist Village, or Battle Creek Kiwanis Club Wildlife Sanctuary.

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2435 Territorial Road Battle Creek, MI 49015
(269) 963-7577