Gary Elmo Benson Sr.


    Gary Elmo Benson Sr. of Steelville, Missouri was born in Kirkwood, Missouri on December 15, 1944 to Elmo Rudolf and Louise Margaret (Crews) Benson and passed away on Monday, October 4, 2021 at the age of 76 years.


    Gary married Betty Stewart on March 13, 1965.
    Working as an self employed auto mechanic for most of his life, Gary was the go to person to do the job, he always made sure the job was done right and at a fair price. He was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. He and Betty were the proprietors of Go Getem Trout Bait. He and Betty enjoyed “road trips” all around Missouri. A trip starting out as a yard sale adventure might end with fishing at Bagnall Dam or another lake or river found along the way. Gary’s loved to barbque and have everyone over.    
    He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmo and Margaret Benson; son, Gary E. Benson Jr.; and sister, Susan Loague.
    He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Betty Benson of Steelville, Missouri; children, Barbara Wenzel and husband Michael of Laquey, Missouri, Billy Jo Benson and wife Sarah Berkemeyer of Japan, Missouri and Virginia Frick and husband Brian of Viburnum, Missouri; grandchildren, Britney (Travis) Henson, Catheryn (Brandon) Pierce, Brady Benson, Denereth Allen, Wyatt Berkemeyer and Wade Berkemeyer; great-granddaughters, Chyna Rose Frick and Gracelynn Pierce; other relatives and friends.
    Visitation was held at noon on Friday, October 8, 2021 at the St. James Chapel of the James & Gahr Mortuary in St. James, Missouri.
    Arrangements under the direction of the James & Gahr Mortuary in St. James, Missouri.