He was born November 12, 1943 in Waynesville, Missouri.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy Hackney; his father, Jim Hale; his stepfather, Mack Benson; a son, Tracy; and a daughter, Charlene.
Benson leaves to mourn his passing eight sons, Troy, Tim, Tony, Billy, Dennis, Brad, Kevin and Calvin; five daughters, Terri, Denise, Mae, Janetta and Daylene; a sister, Beverly McKinnon; a brother, Dusty Benson; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Patricia Turner.
He lived most of his life around Success and Licking, Missouri. He served in the United States Navy. Benson was an avid horseman, winning many ribbons and trophies. He loved fishing, hunting and camping on the river with his favorite dog “B.”
The family is hosting a memorial service Saturday September 24, 2016, at 12:00 p.m. at Faith & Hope Church on Varvel Road with lunch following. Take U Highway from Highway 63 near Cabool, go 10 miles to HH, turn right, go 1.5 miles to Varvel Road, turn left (there will be a sign), go about ½ mile, the church is on the left.
He has donated his body to the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. Arrangements were under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.