Benjamin John Gauthier was born July 31, 1917, in Black River, Michigan, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph and Melvina (Lavigne) Gauthier. He and Isabel Mercier were united in marriage on September 23, 1944, in Bay City, Michigan. He worked for GM Turnstedt as a inspector. He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church and UAW #599. In his free time he enjoyed fishing, golfing, bowling, hunting, working in his vegetable garden, and spending time with his family and friends.