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Sunrise: February 13,1932 Sunset: January 29,2021

Benjamin Franklin McLiechey Sr. a Fifth Generation Descendant of Sojourner Truth (Isabella Bumfree). Born in Battle Creek, Michigan on February 13,1932 to Thomas Wayne McLiechey and Irene (Jones) McLiechey, One of 12 Siblings Ben was the last surviving offspring, Benjamin attended Battle Creek Central High School. After high school he served the U.S. Army for four years.

Survived by his loving wife of 55 years Ruth Marie (Figures) McLiechey. A loving father to his children, Benjamin Franklin McLiechey Jr,(Trihn) Grand Rapids, Michigan, Tracy McLiechey, Duluth, Georgia, Cory Phillip McLiechey, Grand Rapids, Michigan, From his first union with Evelyn (Pharr) McLiechey, Victoria Irene McLiechey(Walter), Detroit, Michigan, Franklin Carl McLiechey(Cheryl), Battle Creek, Michigan, Blended children Valerie Jean Figures, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Stanley Oswald White Jr.,(Lillian) Grand Rapids, Michigan, Kirk Allen White, Grand Rapids, Michigan and Gina Angelique McLiechey, Alexandria, Virginia,

Ben’s legacy will carry on with 26 grandchildren,43 great grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren. Benjamin was a dedicated employee. He was employed at Old Kent Block Masonry in Grand Rapids, Michigan. After leaving Old Kent Benjamin worked and retired after 27 years from the City of Grand Rapids, Michigan. He loved being a Public Servant for the City of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Upon retirement to keep busy Ben worked for his beloved church the former Bethel Pentecostal Church now “Bethel Empowerment Church.” Affectionately, called Mac, Mexico (For the large Sombrero he sometimes wore which had Mexico inscribed on it), and Snooky, a nickname he was given as a child by his elder sister Betty.

Ben dedicated a lot of time working for Bethel Pentecostal Church as a faithful Deacon and Usher. Some of Ben’s hobbies were bike riding building Barbecue Grills for individuals, working in his garden, providing lawn care service for his Pastor the late Bishop William C. Abney and watching Old Westerns.

Benjamin is proceeded in death by his parents Thomas Wayne McLiechey, Irene (Jones) McLiechey ,siblings Frances McLiechey, Thomas McLiechey, Lewis Jess McLiechey, Jack Harold McLiechey, Maxine Josephine Molson, Albert Wayne McLiechey, Dorothy Lucille Anderson-Foster, John Henry McLiechey, Juanita Frances Smith, Burl Carl McLiechey and Betty Irene Eason. Also proceeded in death by his Son-In-Law Walter KenneySr. and two beloved grandsons Lee Figures and Shamon Figures.

The McLiechey, Figures and White Families would like you to know that their sentiments regarding Ben’s Homegoing are those of his Great Grand Mother “I’m not going to die, honey; I’m going home like a shooting star.” – Sojourner Truth (November 26,1883)

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Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 616-452-3006.


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  1. Forestine Carter on May 13, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    Please except my deepest condolences to your family. Ms Ruth and Mr. Ben will be greatly missed. My prayers goes out to the entire family. God Bless

  2. Ruth VanderWal on July 10, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    Mac, as I was introduced to him by my late husband, Wayne, was the reason I married my husband. Mac and my husband very close
    friends and co-workers for close
    to 30 years! Your dad was a wonderful man who loved His Lord deeply and was not afraid to
    show it! I pray your dad and my husband are reunited once again!

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