Lance Benson

Oscoda, Michigan
June 23, 1948 - November 21, 2019


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Obituary Notice

Lance Benson

Age 71, of Oscoda, MI and formerly of Centennial, CO passed away on Thursday, November 21, 2019 at his home. He was born on June 23, 1948 in Aberdeen, SD to Alvin and Dee Benson. Lance graduated from Central High School in Aberdeen, SD. He worked as a body man and painter prior to his 17 years as an insurance adjuster for Allstate Insurance. Lance was skilled diver and wrestler in high school and he never lost his desire to be active. He loved the outdoors and over the years enjoyed riding motorcycles, snowmobiles, 4-wheeling in the Colorado Mountains, as well as visiting ghost towns and Michigan lighthouses. Lance also never tired of sharing tales of the hilarious adventures he had on river trips he took with his brothers. Stories that couldn’t always be finished right away because he would be laughing to hard to tell them. He will forever be remembered as his grandchildren’s number one fan at all of their sporting events and he could always make them laugh by suggesting he could have a “talk” with the officials when a call/game didn’t go their way. Lance had an amazingly generous spirit, never hesitating to help his family, friends or neighbors and very often strangers at a moments notice. Most important though, he was the best husband, father, grandfather, son and brother anyone could ever ask for. Lance is survived by his wife Audrey Benson, whom he married on March 17, 1967; two daughters, Michelle (Brian) Dascher, Kristin (Jeff) Hocker; mother Dee Benson; two brothers, Sherwin (Nancy) Benson, Jay Benson; 3 sisters-in-law, Donna Porter, Susie Smith and Judy Smith. He is also survived by his 4 grandchildren, Brianna Dascher, Dakota Dascher, Camden Hocker, Joel Hocker and 4 nieces and nephews, Stephanie (Steve) Plagman, Scott (Jennifer) Benson, Hillary (Quinn) Baldwin and Phil (Krissy) Smith. Lance was preceded in death by his father, Alvin Benson. Private arrangements were handled by Buresh Funeral Homes in Oscoda MI. Memorial contributions may be directed to Friends Together Alpena, 105 Prentiss, Alpena, MI 49707.


Memorial contributions may be directed to Friends Together Alpena, 105 Prentiss, Alpena, MI 49707.


Although miles distanced us as cousins, you will always be remembered as someone we could depend on for a good laugh. You’ll be missed🙏🏻
— Cindi Liebe
Audrey, Mikki, Kristin and the rest of your families......we are so very sorry for your loss. We loved Lance dearly, he was a wonderful part of everyone's lives that he touched. He will be missed and we hope that only the best memories of him fill your lives. Let those memories help you through this difficult time. You areal in our thoughts, hearts and prayers. We love you dearly.....the Fazekas Family
— Cheryl Fazekas
Sorry for your loss. we enjoyed seing you at the grandkids games, and at Thanksgiving dinners at the kids house. You will be greatly missed. . Al and Connie Jones
— Al and Connie Jones
So many wonderful memories that we will keep close in our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Audrey and your entire family. We were so blessed to have you right next door for so many years . I know Lance is watching over all of you from heaven. We truly miss him. God Bless!
— Rory, Molly and Duke Kencec
Audrey, when I think of Lance, I see his smile. He always had such an uplifting, positive, kind way about him. And he cherished you. The two of you were certainly blessed with a love, others hope to find. He will be missed beyond measure, but know that his love for you and your family lives on. My deepest sympathy to all of you. I'll be keeping you in my prayers.
Rene Drouillard
— Rene Drouillard
One important relationship was left out (of obituary above)…where Lance excelled… and that was as a cousin, mine. I will surely miss him. We emailed often and I wish I had made that call I wanted to make these last couple of weeks. Was thinking about him a lot. I’m thinking and praying for all of you, esp Audrey now.

I always looked up to Lance as my eldest first cousin and loved to watch him dive. What an athlete!

I’d like to share one story where Lanny (that’s what I grew up calling him) came to my rescue. January 1978 in the mountains of Montana, I rolled my Datsun pickup on glare ice; totaled they said. Windshield all cracked, only one door opened, the windows wouldn’t go up all the way, the top had been smashed down some. I desperately needed that vehicle to drive to Ft Collins, CO for an interview for Vet College and to get a flight to Germany from the east coast. I was a poor student, what could I do? I called Lanny. He asked me to send a “Polaroid” photo. After looking it over he thought it wasn’t that bad. If I could get it to him in MI, he could pound it back into shape. What I needed to do was buy a new windshield and duct tape it on, filling in the gaps w/ foam, tape on some plastic where the windows were open. I followed his instructions. The windshield miraculously stayed on as I drove to MI via CO. In half a day, Lance had my windshield in, the doors and windows working and the fender almost looking normal! It was a wonderful stay w/ the family in MI and I made it to Germany for school. That little pickup is probably still going.

Thank you Lance, Audrey and family for all the times you’ve opened your home and arms to me. All the laughs and stories we've shared. I’ll miss that wonderful sense of humor and optimism my dear cousin shared with all he spent time with.

Your cousin Nancy ❤️🕊
— Nancy Van Dover
Audrey and family, I’m so sorry for your loss. My found memory of Lance is when he taught me how to do a front flip off the high board in Aberdeen, he was a very good diver.
— Kim Benson
Was a good boss and had some good times working with him

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