Bernard “Ben” Leroy Hansen July 16, 1955 – Sept. 14, 2015

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Bernard “Ben” Leroy Hansen

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 October 7, 2007 in Traverse City; mother, Rita L. Hansen; step-daughters, 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 is preceded in death by his father, Bernard Hansen and brother, Edward ‘Ward’ Hansen.

A Celebration of his life will be held 2pm, Sunday, September 20, 2015 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Grand Traverse.

The family will greet friends starting at 1pm. Ben requested Memorial Contributions be made to his wife, Christine to help with future expense.

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Please visit Ben’s webpage at to sign the guest book and share a message.

The family chose Life Story Funeral Home, Traverse City.