James William Benbrook Obituary

James William Benbrook

<p>James William Benbrook, 84, of Lee&rsquo;s Summit, passed away January 12, 2021.&nbsp; Funeral services will be 1pm on Saturday, January 16 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 850 SE Church Street, Lee&rsquo;s Summit, with visitation from 12-1pm.&nbsp; Due to Covid restrictions and limited seating capacity at the church, the funeral service will be broadcast and can be viewed through the following link:&nbsp;&nbsp;mywebcast.churchofjesuschrist.org/Events/kansascitymissouristake (copy and paste link into browser.)</p> <p>Jim was born on July 30, 1936 in Garfield, Arkansas, the third of four children born to John and Jewell (Ricketts) Benbrook.&nbsp; Jim grew up in Lodi, California and was a graduate of Sacramento City College.&nbsp; Following graduation, he enlisted in the U. S. Army where he served from 1958 until 1961 until his honorable discharge.&nbsp; He retired from the State of California&rsquo;s Caltrans Department after over 35 years of service.&nbsp; In his spare time, James enjoyed sailing, singing, working on his 1964 Ford Falcon and spending hours on end beautifying his gardens.&nbsp; He was a self-taught handyman and mechanic.</p> <p>After retirement, James and Sharel made their home on four acres in Lee&rsquo;s Summit, Missouri where he enjoyed gardening and spending time with family.</p> <p>Jim was very active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, serving in several positions through out the years including serving a mission with his wife Sharel in the LDS Employment center helping people find needed employment. &nbsp;&nbsp;Jim was a joyful soul and had a joke and a smile for anyone he encountered.&nbsp; He also had a giving heart and was often found rendering service to anyone in need.</p> <p>James was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Frances Swanson.&nbsp; He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Sharel Benbrook; four children:&nbsp; Jeffery Benbrook (wife, Sharon), Wendy Frye (husband, Michael), Rohn Benbrook (wife, Deanne), and Randy Benbrook (wife, Charlene); grandchildren:&nbsp; Matthew Benbrook, Alex Benbrook, John-Michael Frye, Silas Frye, Sage Frye, Tyler Frye, Brooke Frye, Heath Frye, Ryan Benbrook, Ashley Arnett, Kimberly Randall, Rylie Benbrook, Logen Benbrook, Emma Benbrook, and Jakob Benbrook; great grandchildren:&nbsp; Serenity, Chloe, Ella, Charlie, David, and Jennifer; several nieces, nephews, and other family members.</p>
July 30, 1936 - January 12, 202107/30/193601/12/2021
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James William Benbrook, 84, of Lee’s Summit, passed away January 12, 2021.  Funeral services will be 1pm on Saturday, January 16 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 850 SE Church Street, Lee’s Summit, with visitation from 12-1pm.  Due to Covid restrictions and limited seating capacity at the church, the funeral service will be broadcast and can be viewed through the following link:  mywebcast.churchofjesuschrist.org/Events/kansascitymissour...

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Saturday, January 16 2021
02:15 PM - 04:15 PM
Longview Cemetery
12700 South Raytown Road
Kansas City, MO 64149
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