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Dr. Merle "Ben" Haney, M.D.

Died: Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Age: 92
Dr. Merle “Ben” Haney, M.D., age 92, of Almont, MI died Wednesday, March 27, 2019 from complications of the flu at William Beaumont Hospital of Troy, MI. Merle Bennett Haney was born May 2, 1926 in Winona Lake, IN. He was the son of the late Ralph and the late Mary (Van Dyke) Haney. Ben grew up in Warsaw, IN. He was a graduate of Warsaw High School, Class of 1944. After graduation, he enlisted and served in the United States Navy from June 1944 until June 1946. Ben was a sonar man 3rd Class in the Pacific during World War II. Following his service in the Navy, he went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in Biology and Chemistry from Manchester College in North Manchester, IN and graduated Cum Laude in 1950. While Ben was at Manchester College, he met his future wife “Ruthie.” Ben married Ruth Ann Jones December 27, 1952 in Winona Lake, IN.

Ben went on to earn his Doctorate of Medicine degree in 1954 from Northwestern University in Chicago, IL (the same college his grandfather, Dr. George Henry Van Dyke received his doctorate degree). He performed his internship at Chicago Wesley Memorial Hospital in 1955. After his residency, Ben went on to work: 1955-1957 at Passavant Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL, 1957-1958 at Veterans Lakeside Hospital in Chicago, IL, 1958-1959 at Passavant Memorial as fellow chief surgical resident, and 1959-1960 at Snyder Clinic in Winfield, KS. In 1960, Dr. Haney and Ruth moved to Almont, MI where he went into practice with Dr. Bishop. In 1968, he opened his private practice in Almont, MI. In the 1990s, Dr. Haney moved his practice and joined Dr. Harrington in Imlay City. In 1995, he joined the McLaren Hospital system until his retirement in 2003. He was preceded in death by his wife Ruth Ann Haney on March 3, 2003.

Dr. Haney had a general office practice with surgical privileges at several area hospitals. One of his greatest joys in practicing medicine was the OB-GYN portion. He delivered hundreds of babies during his almost 50 years in practice. Over the years, photos of the mothers and babies were taken by his office staff and displayed for a period of time in the office, and later put away by Dr. Haney in a cherished special file.

He was a member of Almont Archery Club, Congregational Church Sunday school teacher, on the Almont School Board from 1968 - 1972, a member of Imlay City United Methodist Church and Lay Elder, and past president of the Lapeer County Medical Society. In his spare time, Ben enjoyed hunting, sewing, photography, gardening, and all different sports. He also had an interest in growing various trees.

Ben married Faye Wallace Bristol July 16, 2005 in Almont, MI. His wife, Faye Bristol Haney, preceded him in death on August 17, 2015.

He is survived by his daughters, Beth (Bob Heckart) Haney-Heckart and JoAnn (Jerry Herbert) Haney; one sister, Margaret Ellen Haney Palmer; one brother, Paul Jacob Haney; his sister-in-law, Joyce Haney; two grandchildren, Rebecca (Nick) Demeduk and Carolyn (Eric Williams) Herbert; one great-grandchild, Ellie; two stepdaughters, Ellen (George Wilson) Bristol and Beth Bristol; and his two

step-sons, David (Mary) Bristol and Paul (Susan) Bristol.

Ben was preceded in death by his first wife, Ruth Ann Haney; his second wife, Faye Bristol-Haney; his son, Paul Bennett Haney; an infant sister; two brothers, George Robert Haney and Rollin Joel Haney; stepson, Kenneth Bristol; sister-in-law: Ginny Haney; and his brother-in-law, Jeffrey Palmer.

The family will welcome friends for the Celebration of Life visitation on Wednesday, May 1st between 1-3 p.m. and between 5-7 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Almont,

201 E. St. Clair, Almont, MI..

A Celebration of Life memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 11 a.m. with Pastor Bill King of First Congregational Church of Almont officiating at the First Congregational Church of Almont, 201 E. St. Clair, Almont, MI.

Those wishing to make memorial contributions may either plant a tree in Dr. Haney’s memory or contribute to Chemistry of Life Processes Institute - c/o Sheila Judge, Northwestern University, 2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208.

Funeral arrangements were made by Muir Brothers Funeral Home, 225 N. Main Street, Imlay City, MI. Please be sure to sign our online register at to share condolences.
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