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“Julie and Family, I regret that I just recently learned of Jim's passing. I am truly sorry for your loss. May you always feel his love and...Read More »
1 of 38 | Posted by: Nicole King - Westphalia, MI

“I just heard of Jim's illness and passing today. He was brilliant, funny, gentle, patient, and always a joy to work with. My condolences to the...Read More »
2 of 38 | Posted by: Jeff Havens - Laingsburg, MI

“Jim will be missed, he was one of the nicest men I've had the pleasure of working with. When Jim was involved with a task there was laughter and that...Read More »
3 of 38 | Posted by: Tim McGuire - Macomb, MI

“I didn’t know Jim well - I was an off & on coworker of his. I knew him best through others; their passionate commitment to him was evident....Read More »
4 of 38 | Posted by: Gayle Robinson - Holly, MI

“Jim was some one you always looked forward to talking to. His soft spoken wit and humor is something I will miss after working with him and Lansing...Read More »
5 of 38 | Posted by: Richard - Lansing, MI

“I worked with Jim in Lansing. Jim made you feel like he was your brother. He is missed by many at work who loved to spend time sharing with him. ...Read More »
6 of 38 | Posted by: Rob Beatty - Chelsea, MI

“I worked with Jim at LDT. Rest in peace and may God Bless your family. ”
7 of 38 | Posted by: Christabel - Kansas City, MO

“I worked with Jim at Lansing Car Assembly. It was truly a pleasure to know and work with Jim. He was always upbeat and a good friend. God bless. ”
8 of 38 | Posted by: Cliff MacGregor - Morrice, MI

“My condolences to all of you. I had played bass with Jim in earlier years in the original band 'Distance'. Jim was a great guy,good friend,and I hold...Read More »
9 of 38 | Posted by: Eric Gierman - Jenison, MI

“Jim was the most humble and sincere person I’ve ever known. I worked with him for several years and was always amazed by his intelligence and...Read More »
10 of 38 | Posted by: David Sarkey - Bath, MI

“Our sincere condolences to your family. Cherish your memories. ”
11 of 38 | Posted by: Connie Wellman - Portland, MI

“I met Jim in the spring of 2005 when I joined the LDT controls team. The following 4 years were a true blessing as my friendship with Jim deepened. ...Read More »
12 of 38 | Posted by: Michael Noe - Flint, MI

“I met Jim when his sister Karen and I became great friends in school back in the 70's, what a wonderful person he was. He did like to make people...Read More »
13 of 38 | Posted by: Lisa Keusch - Portland, MI

“Jim will be missed..He was a very warm and generous person and a pleasure to have worked with. ”
14 of 38 | Posted by: Jim Mitchell - Jackson, MI

“I came to know Jim when all the controls engineers were consolidate into one group at Lansing Car Assembly. Jim was always cool under pressure at...Read More »
15 of 38 | Posted by: Tom Glass - Saint Johns, MI

“I too worked with Jim since the 1980's. Jim was one cool cat. He had a way of dealing with stressful situations. I envy this trait and strive to be...Read More »
16 of 38 | Posted by: Patrick Scott - Springport, MI

“I had worked with Jim for 10 years at GM and Jim was one of those guys you aways looked forward to talk to. His ability to see the humor in all some...Read More »
17 of 38 | Posted by: Chad Huhn - Pewamo, MI

“I was a co-worker of Jim's. He was a great guy with a wealth of knowledge and compassion for what he did. He will surely be missed. My thoughts and...Read More »
18 of 38 | Posted by: Jill Burgess - Lansing, MI

“It was always a pleasure to talk with Jim. He had an upbeat attitude even during difficult times. My prayers are with the family. ”
19 of 38 | Posted by: Earl Dick - Grand Ledge, MI

“thoughts are with your family in during this trying time. ”
20 of 38 | Posted by: Melinda Cremean - Lansing, MI

“I worked with Jim for 25 years and he always had the right answer to a question. He never let you down. It was a true pleasure and he will be missed...Read More »
21 of 38 | Posted by: Tom and Mary Dryzga - Beaverton, MI

“We will miss a great man. Jim was an outstanding and fun person to work with. Many memories...I will not forget. ”
22 of 38 | Posted by: Dave Ronowski - Fowlerville, MI

“I always appreciated Jim's stories at work. He will be missed. ”
23 of 38 | Posted by: Robert Trimmer and Family - MI

“I'm very sad to lose a good friend. Jim was always positive and upbeat even as he battled his disease. He was and is an inspiration to me and the...Read More »
24 of 38 | Posted by: Steve Shooltz - St. Johns, MI

“I had the privilage of working with Jim both at LGR & LDT plants. Jim was always positive and I never remember him saying anything negative about...Read More »
25 of 38 | Posted by: John LaRosa - Haslett, MI

“I had the privelage of sharing some jam sessions with Jim as we were growing up in the Sebewa United Methodist Youth Fellowship. Jim graduated the...Read More »
26 of 38 | Posted by: Vicki Ackerson Pontz - Portland, MI

“Sorry to hear jim is gone. He was a great guy to work with. ”
27 of 38 | Posted by: Brian Eakin - Lansing, MI

“Jim was a great guy and good friend. We will miss him. ”
28 of 38 | Posted by: Marvin Hall - Lansing, MI

“Benschoter family – I am deeply saddened to hear about your loss. I was very fortunate to have worked with Jim for many years both at the...Read More »
29 of 38 | Posted by: Jason Cummings - Muscatine, IA

“Out thoughts and prayers are with the Benschoter Family at this time. ”
30 of 38 | Posted by: Bill Rodgers Family - Hastings, MI

“Benschoter Family Jim will be missed greatly. His sense of humor and irrepressable logic enlightened many of our days. This is a great loss to all...Read More »
31 of 38 | Posted by: Lee Morse - Lyons, MI

“Jim will be missed greatly. His sense of humor and irrespressable logic enlightened many of our days. This is a great loss. ”
32 of 38 | Posted by: Lee Morse - Lyons, MI

“To Julie and the entire family, I am so sorry for your loss. Since Jim went to the "other side" (Delta) I have missed him greatly. Jim was a...Read More »
33 of 38 | Posted by: Tom Woodman - Lansing, MI

“My deepest feelings are with the entire Benschoter family. I worked with Jim through most of his years at GM. He graduated from Portland H.S. with...Read More »
34 of 38 | Posted by: Fred Ewing - Charlotte, MI

“I worked with Jim many times over 30 years and enjoyed not only Jim's work ethic and expertise but best of all his sense of humor and his enjoyment...Read More »
35 of 38 | Posted by: Steve Shelander - Williamston, MI

“Dear Julie and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. I was blessed to know Jim as a co-worker who became a very good friend. He had a very...Read More »
36 of 38 | Posted by: Grace Major - Lansing, MI

“DEAR JULIE & FAMILY : MAY GOD BLESS YOU & YOUR FAMILY AT THIS TIME OF YOUR LOSS. KEEP HIS MEMORIES CLOSE AT HEART AND THAT WILL HELP. I AM THINKING...Read More »
37 of 38 | Posted by: cathy martinez(brooksey) - CA

“To the entire Benschoter family. I'm so sorry for your loss. I didn't know your husband, son and brother but know he had to have been a wonderful...Read More »
38 of 38 | Posted by: Kaye Lefke - Portland, MI


James W. Benschoter, loving husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle and great friend of many, lost his courageous battle with cancer on Friday morning, October 23, 2009, at his home in Lake Odessa with his family by his side. Jim was born on June 13, 1956 to James O. and Leonarda (Heck) Benschoter in Wurzburg, West Germany where his father was serving in the U.S. military and where his parents had met. Jim was a 1974 graduate of Portland High School. He was united in marriage to Julie K. Kauffman on June 11, 1977. Together they raised three daughters, Kristi, Jill and Kellie. Jim had worked as an engineer at General Motors for 32 years and considered his colleagues to be dear friends. Jim was an amazing musician, playing his guitar from a very young age. Thursday night jam sessions and various gigs with friends brought great joy to his life. He never let his friends down when he went into his phenomenal solos. His passion for life was expressed best through the strings of his guitar. Jim also enjoyed and had a keen knowledge of history. In recent years, he looked forward to the annual trip to Mexico with his wife and friends. Jim is survived by Julie, his loving wife of 32 years; daughters, Kristi and Derek Waddle of Lake Odessa, Jill Benschoter of Lake Odessa, and Kellie Benschoter and Jason Abfalter of Nashville; parents, James O. and Leonarda "Linda" Benschoter of Sunfield; sister, Karen and Terry Lafler of Sunfield; grandchildren, Elizabeth, Ezra, Jayden, Gabrielle, and Ethan; nephews, Matt Brown and Nick Lafler; the many loving members of the extended Kauffman family; and many great friends who had also became family members. He was preceded in death by his sister, Delores Benschoter; maternal grandparents, Wilhelm and Berta Heck; paternal grandparents, Donald and Winnie Benschoter; and uncles, Donald Benschoter, Jr. and Norton Benschoter. Visitation will be held at the Koops Funeral Chapel in Lake Odessa on Tuesday, October 27 from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, October 28 at the Lakewood United Methodist Church. Final interment will be in East Sebewa Cemetery. Jim's family suggests that memorial contributions may be made to Barry Community Hospice, or to the American Cancer society.