B&E Marine Ron Bensz Passes Away At 95

B&E Marine Ron Bensz Passes Away At 95

A beacon in the Great Lakes boating community, Ronald “Ron” Bensz, founder of B&E Marine, has passed away at the age of 95.

Born in 1928 in Michigan City, Indiana, Ron became a journeyman carpenter following high school. In 1953, he founded B&E Marine boat dealership with his partner Roland Evett in Michigan City, becoming the sole owner in 1955. Ron also started the Lake Michigan Marine Trades Association. He was instrumental in bringing the Michigan City In-Water Boat Show to town in 1979. He helped develop Marina Park South Condos on Trail Creek. He was also an original founder of the Hoosier Coho Club Fishing Tournament in the ’70s.

After selling the marina to his sons in 1987, Ron and his wife opened The Antique Market in 1990. He had a vision to create Pioneerland at the La Porte County Fair in 1993. He was the chairman of the development committee for the Restoration of the International Friendship Gardens. He was a board member and helped develop the Rumley-Allis Chalmers Heritage Museum in La Porte, Indiana. He was also a member of the Historical Steam Show of La Porte County.

“With immense dedication and passion, he built a remarkable legacy in the marine industry, leaving an indelible mark on all who had the privilege of knowing him,” a Facebook post from B&E Marine reads. “Beyond his professional achievements, he was a pillar in our community, actively contributing to its growth and well-being. His commitment to philanthropy and his unwavering support for local initiatives have left an enduring impact on countless lives.”

Ron is survived by one daughter, two sons, six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

B&E Marine/Jennifer Bensz Simpkins

Source: https://lakelandboating.com/be-marine-ron-bensz-passes-away-at-95/

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