Ben passed peacefully after suffering from complications with Parkinson’s Disease and possibly Lewy Body Dementia.
Born in Chappell Nebraska to T. Winford and Evelyn Carter, survived by LaVonne (spouse), sons Michael (Shelly) and Todd (Helen), daughter Kelly (Gary), and 7 grandchildren: Charity Rose-Carter, Curtis Smith Jr. (Karla), Scott Carter, Benjamin Carter, Laura Carter (deceased), Elena Jordan and Brandon Carter, and one great-granddaughter, Maya Smith. Ben was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Daniel, Robert, and Burton. Ben raised his family in Grand Ledge, Michigan, and later was a resident of North Port, Florida and Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Ben was very accomplished, obtaining his BA from the University of Nebraska by age 18, and law degree from Cooley Law School, took flying lessons, loved to play tennis, cycling, and above all, traveling. Ben was Assistant Attorney General for the State of Michigan, but considered his most rewarding work to be with C.A.S.A – Court Appointed Special Advocate – where he helped numerous at-risk children. He often wondered aloud what these children were now doing as adults, they were always “his kids.”
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Benny’s Bikes, a nonprofit (status in process) providing recumbent tricycles for people with Parkinson’s, giving them the sense of independence, socialization, mobility and exercise – clinically shown as essential for delaying the progression of Parkinson’s Disease. Ben was a strong bicycling advocate and was often seen riding the Grand Rapids and Florida streets, with a MSU flag signaling his allegiance.