Life Story / Obituary
Benjamin A. Flaten, age 38, of Portage died unexpectedly at his home on December 13, 2017. Ben is survived by his loving mother, Melissa Olvitt and the love of his life, Jenna. Ben was a spiritual being, always in touch with the world around him and those who were in his world. He was a wise soul from the day he was born and even at the tender age of four years old he was able to vocalize his deep thoughts and observations to his mother. Ben was creative and his artwork has been displayed in various locations around the southwest Michigan area. Ben was a helper who joyfully volunteered his time in any capacity that he was able; people depended on him and delighted in his service as much as he delighted in serving others. His light was so bright and will continue to shine through the art he created and the people who were lucky to know him.
Arrangements to remember Ben and celebrate his life will be announced at a later date. Special thanks to Pastor Rachel Lonberg and Religious Education Director Diane Melvin at The People’s Church for their support and encouragement during this difficult time.