Bernard 'Ben' Hansen

July 16, 1955 - September 14, 2015
Traverse City, MI



Sunday, September 20, 2015
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EDT
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Grand Traverse


Sunday, September 20, 2015
2:00 PM EDT
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Grand Traverse


At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.

May be made to Ben's wife, Christine to help with future expenses
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Below is the contact information for a florist recommended by the funeral home.

Cherryland Floral
1208 S. Garfield
Traverse City, MI 49686
(231) 941-5761
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Blossom Shop
1023 E. Eighth St.
Traverse City, MI 49686
(231) 932-9470
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Life Story / Obituary


Bernard “Ben” Leroy Hansen, 60, of Traverse City, died from bladder cancer on Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. He was born on July 16, 1955 in Traverse City the son of Bernard L. Sr. and Rita (Crouch) Hansen.

Ben previously worked with the City of Frankfort, Habitat for Humanity in Mexico, Interlochen State Park and Joyful Noise Daycare with his wife.

He enjoyed watching and was a big fan of the Detroit Tigers. He championed lots of causes, was a strong activist for psychiatric survivors and worked to rid the Traverse City community of fluoride in the drinking water. He was the creator of Bonkers

Ben is survived by his wife, Christine M. Bazzett; they were married on Oct. 7, 2007 in Traverse City; mother, Rita L. Hansen; stepdaughters, Roselyn (Jeff) Godin and Elizabeth (Nate) Ludwig; grandchildren, Collin, Mary, Aaron, Mason and Annamay; his special nephews, Edward (Angelus) Hansen and Corey (Chelsea) Hansen; special niece, Jennifer (Trevor) Poole; and great-niece, Katey Hodges.

He was preceded in death by his father, Bernard Hansen; and brother, Edward “Ward” Hansen.

A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Grand Traverse. The family will greet friends starting at 1 p.m.

Ben requested memorial contributions be made to his wife, Christine, to help with future expense. You may contribute at

Please visit Ben’s web page at to sign the guestbook and share a message.

The family chose Life Story Funeral Home, Traverse City.