Denton L. Benson, 81, of Dearborn, MO, passed away January 12, 2022.
He was born on May 12, 1940 to Woodrow and Mabel (Huff) Benson in Lone Jack, MO.
Denton grew up in Lone Jack and graduated from Lone Jack High School.
In August of 1958, Denton married Mary Louise Long of Lone Jack. Together, they had three children, Denton Keith, Twyla and Angela.
After their marriage they resided in Lone Jack, Pleasant Hill and Platte City.
He met Darlene (Moreland) Meeker in 2002 and they were united in marriage on January 3, 2009.
They lived in Dearborn, MO and Holden, MO, where they made their home.
He managed Fairview Farms for many years and later owned and operated Benson Construction.
Denton was a member of the Antique Caterpillar Association.
He enjoyed riding his Goldwing, reading western books, and competing and pulling tractors.
He was a member of the New Liberty Baptist Church in Oak Grove, MO and attended the First Baptist Church in Holden, MO.
Denton was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, James Wesley Benson and Wayne Benson; sister, Ruthie Brown; and step-daughter, Deborah Jones.
He is survived by his wife, Darlene; children, Denton (Janette) Benson, Twyla (Michael) Lentz and Angela Benson; step-daughters, Jeanette (Joe) Burnor and Pamela Kelsay; grandchildren, Clint Ralston, Andrea Benson, Kyle Ralston, Courtney Smith, Brandy Weigel, Tyler Benson, Luke Wendt, Dylan Wendt, Jacqueline Wendt, Michael Lentz and Christopher Lentz; 16 great-grandchildren; eight step-grandchildren; 10 step-great-grandchildren; other relatives, and many friends.
A Funeral Service was held at 1 p.m. Monday, January 17, 2022 at Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Smithville, with visitation held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., prior to the service.
Burial was in Ridgley Cemetery. Donations may be made to Ridgely Cemetery or the First Baptist Church in Holden.