Davis, who was born in Greenbush, Minn. on Feb. 16, 1934, moved to the Detroit area in 1956. He started his carpentry business, B.R.D. Inc. in 1976 and served as the president of the Carpenter Contractor’s Association for several years. He also served as the Management Trustee of the Pension Fund for the carpenters of Michigan. Additionally, Davis was a Mason, a Shriner and member of the Moose Lodge.
An avid traveler, Ben and Lois visited all 50 states, Europe and Australia. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends at his hunting property in Hubbard Lake, summers at his lake house in Hale, and winters in Okeechobee, Florida. Ben’s toys and passions include; air boating, driving his motor home cross-country, riding his trike, snowmobiling, his swamp buggy, hunting, outdoor cooking and having fun. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and taking them on his excursions. He was even fortunate enough to meet his first great-grandchild.
He is preceded in death by his father Ernest Davis, mother Annabelle Smith Davis, (Halma), and brother Neil Davis.
Ben is survived by his wife, Lois, of 57 years, his son Rikki and his partner Cathy Eckles of Pinckney; his daughter Ronda (Bowersox) and her husband John Errigo of Brighton; son Richard and his wife Robyn (Wyatt) of South Lyon. His grandchildren include Vicki McLeod of Novi; Tara Moore of Commerce; Ryan Davis of Novi; Eric Eckles and Ashley Eckles of Pinckney; Sarah (Bowersox) and her husband Nick Barish of Ann Arbor; Caleb Bowersox and Molly Bowersox of Brighton; Brandon Davis and Nathan Davis of South Lyon; great granddaughter Madelyn Barish. He is also survived by his sister-in-law Coleen Cooley of Blue Springs, MO; amongst numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Nov. 30 at PHILLIPS FUNERAL HOME in South Lyon, Michigan. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the American Heart Association or Habitat for Humanity. For more information, please visit: www.phillipsfuneral.com.