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Wesley J. Benner, age 76, of Interlochen, passed away on Friday, October 11, 2013 at Butterworth Hospital.

The son of Lorene Benner, he was born on December 27, 1936 in Detroit, Michigan.

Honoring his wishes, cremation will take place. Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids.


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  1. Jack and Carole Henninger on October 12, 2013 at 8:46 am

    A faithful witness for Jehovah. Now he sleeps but soon he will live again as Jehovah promises. We all miss him but know that he is in Jehovah’s memory, the best place to be. We love you Wes.
    Your family

  2. Jenene Hopkins on October 12, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Dear Benner family, so terribly sorry to hear of our dear brother Benners passing away. All my love goes out to you Barbara and your family . May our God Jevovah comfort you and your families heart at this time of loss with the promise of the resurrection .

  3. Trudy & Kelly Allen on October 12, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Dear Barbara & family,
    Our hearts are sad for you and pray you can find comfort in the resurrection. Wes & you have touched so many lives, we love you!!

  4. Loretta on October 12, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    To Barbara & Family
    Your bereavement is so big and my words are some small
    I am so sorry for your loss.
    But we have a real hope, a promise of the resurrection.
    Jehovah’s love for Wes is stronger than death!!!
    He was faithful to the end and that is something Jehovah will never forget.

    Loretta Hein

  5. Tammy Loucks (niece) on October 13, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Wesley Benner is my Uncle. He is a GREAT & LOVING Uncle that i am gana miss dearly so much :( not 1 day will go by that i will not think of him. He was very well liked by so many loved ones! He was a very faithful servant of Jehovah…& he is in Jehovah’s memory till the hope of the resurrection comes where we will be able to see him again. I love you Uncle Wes..xoxo!

    Love your niece, Tammy

  6. Jim & Kathy Ohl on October 13, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    A wonderful brother who gave his best to Jehovah. We look forward to seeing him again soon in God’s New World.

  7. Nick & Fran Gus on October 14, 2013 at 7:20 am

    Fran & I wish to express our deepest sympathy to the family. May Jehovah our God of Comfort be with you during this very difficult time. “Let Your Kingdom Comer”…….

    Tender Agape’, Nick & Fran Gus – Fairview Park, Ohio

  8. Kim and Andy Fall on October 15, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    Barbara, Wes was such a loving, caring, loyal servant of Jehovah. We are, with you and all the family, looking forward to seeing him in the resurrection, where he can continue his faithful service. Can’t wait to see him again in perfect surroundings!

  9. Erwin Stammers on October 16, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Barbara, I have to say I will truly miss Wes calling me my brothers name at the meeting, on purpose or not!!:) What a great dry sense of humor Wes had, I will always remember!!:) And most importantly both your examples of self sacrifice to Jehovah and the brotherhood all of your years in full time service, an excellent example to us all!!:) There will be a large void in our circuit:) Looking forward to the time when we will not have to write these messages. Christian love,

  10. James & Ludwiga Stammers on October 16, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Dear Barbara,
    Our hearts go out to you. Every day we think of you and pray to Jehovah to give you the strength to endure. Wes
    and you have been such an
    example of faithfulness not just to us but to many, many
    friends. We will always remember the visit we had with
    Wes just before he went to GR.
    We know he is in Jehovah’s memory and we look forward seen him soon again.
    We love you both very much.
    Jim & Ludi

  11. Mike and Wilma Streeter on October 23, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Dear Barbara, some of our greatest and funniest memories are those spent with you and Wes. All the times we went out to eat, taking the dinner train on our anniversary and the Algoma train into Canada on another anniversary. We had to stop tho when the guys decided to make their own Lunch Boat and call it the “dingy Wilm”. What a guy. We love him and wait patiently on Jehovah to bring him back. We also keep you in our prayers to remain strong and lean on Jehovah till we’re all together in the new world. We love you, Mike and Wilma

  12. Dominick & Anna Rotella on November 6, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    We enjoyed the time we spent with Wes and Barbara when we first arrived in Michigan back in 1996. They were in the first congregation we served and helped us get off to an enjoyable start. Wes was very kind to us and although not offering any unsolicited advise was helpful on more than one occasion. Thanks.

  13. mary & mike gray on December 30, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    the most fabulous man I have ever had the pleasure to know ! He so missed especially for his watchtower study he conducted. Barbra I am so sorry for this loss of yours. No words can express. Barbra I love you , you are like a mother to me and that is more important than you could know.

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