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Benjamin E. Burgess

April 23, 1936 - May 20, 2020


Benjamin E. Burgess, age 84 of Owosso passed away peacefully Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at Welcome Homes Assisted Living in Owosso. A private service will be held at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Jennings-Lyons Chapel with burial at Oak Hill Cemetery.

Benjamin was born April 23, 1936 in Midland, Michigan to Benjamin Halsey and Evora (McCully) Burgess. He moved to the Owosso area when he was young, and he stayed. He married Suzan English in June of 1955, together they raised their family in Owosso, recently celebrating almost 65 years of marriage. Benjamin was not only a successful husband, father and eventually grandfather; he exceled in business. He owned rental properties and was the owner and operator of Benny’s Donuts for over 20 years. In his spare time, he loved to travel, time spent boating, visiting his cabin up north, piloting planes and his winters spent in Florida. Benjamin will be remembered for his love of weather/weather patterns and birdwatching.

Benjamin is survived by his loving wife; Suzan Jo, his children; Benjamin James (Pamela) Burgess, Connie Jo Brown, and Linda Sue Zimmerman, his grandchildren; Rachael (Josh Lewis) Thomas, Clint (Amanda) Brzezinski, Jamie Dusenbury, Jessica (Jon) Inman Rebecca Crandell and Kathryn Brown, his 9 great-grandchildren, his half-sister; Sulyn (David) McCloed and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and his half-sister, Shirley Jacob.

Memorials are suggested to Lewy Body Dementia Association, Inc., 912 Killian Hill Road, S.W., Lilburn, GA 30047 or by visiting

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