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Peter Lee Bencker (58) of Alto, Michigan, went to be with his heavenly father Friday, April 29, 2022.  Born May 31, 1963, he resided in Alto his entire life. He was the son of Lyle & Delores (Strouse) Bencker.

Pete married Nancy J. Strong on August 17, 1991. They raised 3 daughters all while they ran their construction business and enjoyed many adventures traveling and camping throughout the years.

He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Nancy J. (Strong) Bencker; children, Emma (Andy) Vander Ziel, Analyse (Chad) Veenstra, and soon to be granddaughter, Kollyns Veenstra, Perry Bencker (Zachary Huver); mother, Delores P. Bencker; sisters, Michelle (Tom) Tava and Debbie (Tim) Craig; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Lyle Bencker; brothers, Larry (Sue) Bencker and Ronald (Linda) Bencker.

Pete was devoted to his family farm, his angus herd and spending cherished time with family & friends. He recently discovered his new passion for snorkeling! Pete was a loyal member of the Alto-Bowne Township Volunteer Fire Department for 29 years, giving up elements of his life and family time in his dedication to the department. He was a huge advocate for the community of Alto and Lowell.

There will be a double memorial service for Pete and his brother Ron to be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, May 5, 2022, at the Cascade Campus of Ada Bible Church, 8899 Cascade Road, Ada, Michigan. A short visitation will be held from 10:00 am to 10:45 am, followed by the memorial service with a prelude to a luncheon and then both graveside services with firetruck and Kenworth truck processions.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial funds have been set up for the family through:

Alto-Bowne Township Fire Depart, P.O. Box 92, Alto, MI 49302

Go fund me page for “Pete Bencker Memorial Fund

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Pete’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:

Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids.


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  1. Tom and Michelle Oesch on May 5, 2022 at 8:46 am

    We are so sorry for the tragic loss of both Pete and Ron. Your families are in our hearts and prayers. May God’s loving arms embrace you and comfort your hurting hearts.

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