Funeral service for former U.S. Representative Dan Benishek held in Iron Mountain
Over 100 people, including State Senator Ed McBroom, say their goodbyes to the former physician and lawmaker
IRON MOUNTAIN, Mich. (WLUC) - It was a final farewell for a well-known western U.P. figure. At least 100 people sang in psalm and recited in prayer at St. Mary & St. Joseph Catholic Church in Iron Mountain for the funeral service of former U.S. Congressman Dan Benishek.
“Dan was a husband, father, grandfather, an uncle, and a friend,” said the Benishek’s brother, Tim. “To me, he was my big brother.”
Benishek died on Friday, October 15th, with the cause still unknown.
Born and raised in Iron River, Benishek was a physician before becoming a congressman. Among those at the funeral was State Senator Ed McBroom, who had a personal connection with the late representative over 20 years ago.
“He once operated on me while I was still in college,” McBroom said. “That was the first time I had ever met him. And then we both decided to run for office at right about the exact same time in 2010. We bumped into each other on our first day of circulating petitions.”
McBroom described Benishek as funny, brave, passionate, and someone who cared about the country. He also says the congressman made Veterans Affairs one of his main priorities. For McBroom, he will remember Benishek for getting involved “for all the right reasons.”
“He was just an every day guy who finally just said, ‘I can’t take this anymore. I can’t stand watching all of this on the television and not do something about it,’” McBroom stated. “And he didn’t start small. He leaped right to the big. ‘I’m going to run for congress.’”
Benishek served three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives before retiring in 2016.
“When Dan wanted to do something, he did it and went all in,” Tim told the congregants. “Through it all, D.C. never changed him. In fact, he brought the U.P. to D.C.”
Benishek is survived by his wife, Judy, five children, and five grandchildren. He was 69 years old.
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