Richard Bensley

Obituary of Richard Ray Bensley

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Richard Ray Bensley was born on May 6, 1957, in Toledo, Ohio.   He was one of four children born from the union of Donald Bensley and the former Jean (Connolly) Bensley.  Rich grew up in Luna Pier, attending Erie Mason Schools, earning his general education development certificate in 1975.  He worked faithfully many years for Goodwill as a Maintenance Supervisor before making a decision to retire.

Rich was an accomplished woodworker and incredibly passionate about the projects he made. He built picnic tables, benches, and created intricate spiral pieces that required precise attention in order to complete. He loved to be outdoors and from that love he became a Scout leader, teaching troops the ways of the wilderness for more than twelve years. Rich was passionate about the local Relay for Life, in which he participated every year and furthermore encouraged his family and friends to join him.  Rich was best described by his family as very strong-willed and independent.   He was very proud and never wanted to accept help from others.   On the other hand, Rich had no problem being generous with his own resources.  Rich was a faithful man, always keeping his bible with him.

Richard Ray Bensley, age 65, of Monroe passed away on Sunday; January 29, 2023, at Trinity Health in Ypsilanti. His passing was preceded by his parents: Donald and Jean Bensley and a sister: Kathy Riffle.

To cherish his memory, he leaves a sister: Donna (Mark) Angelone; a brother: Tom (Sandy) Bensley; two grandsons: Brendan (Mahkenah) Russeau and Ethan Russeau; and one great granddaughter: Rose Russeau.

A Celebration of Richard’s Life is being planned for a future date.   His care has been entrusted to Merkle Funeral Service, South Monroe; 14567 South Dixie Highway, Monroe, Michigan 48161 (734) 241-7070.  Cremation has taken place through the onsite crematory, Covenant Cremation of Erie, Michigan.

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