Frank Benjamin

September 22, 1932July 16, 2010

Frank Benjamin, 77, of Belton, Mo., passed away July 16, 2010, at Research Medical Center. Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 21, 2010, at Belton Christian Church. Visitation 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 20, at the church. Inurnment at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Belton Welfare for Operation Santa or the Belton Cemetery War Memorial Fund. Frank was born in Nowater, Okla., September, 22, 1932, to Charlie Benjamin and Winifred Hoffman Benjamin. He lived in Belton most of his life and was owner-operator of Benjamin Liquors for 60 years. He was a Army veteran of the Korean War; charter member of the Bel- Ray Lions Club and received the Melvin Jones Award from the Lions Club; grand marshall of the Belton Community Days Parade; president of the Belton Balene Scuba Diving Club; supported the West Central Food Pantry and was a member of Cass County Deputy Sheriff Air Wing. Frank is survived by his wife of 58 years, Wilma of the home; sons Jerry Benjamin and wife Janice of Lawrence, Kan., and Frankie Benjamin and wife Helen of Miami, Fla.; brother Charles Benjamin of St. George, Utah; four grandchildren, Frankie, Christopher, Doris and Jason, and two great grandchildren, Jordan and Cody. Condolences may be left at McGilley & George Funeral Home, 611 Chestnut, Belton, MO 64012, 816-322-2995


  • Memorial Service Wednesday, July 21, 2010
  • Visitation Tuesday, July 20, 2010

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July 25, 2010

Wilma and family, Frank was a part, a fixture of Belton. It will seem strange for him not to be there. However he will always be a part of Belton and of those who knew him. God be with. Sue & Jerry Posch (Lake Lotawana).

Jeanne Storr-Lawrence

July 23, 2010

You are in my thoughts and prayers. Frank and George worked together at RGAFB for Maytay refueling airplanes when we were first married in 1961. We always thought very highly of him. He will be missed.

Rod Warden

July 21, 2010

It has been several years since I had the opportunity to spend time with Frank but the memories that remain with me are the years we were scuba diving together. It was a great group of guys and the time we spent together was great. Wilma my thoughts are with you in your and the family's loss.

David Allen

July 20, 2010

Frank was always a chipper type of person, business first, then talk about whatever came up. He will be sorely missed by everyone that came by the store. Wilma, you're a sweet woman, one we can all call "MOM". Frank was blessed to have someone like you to share life with, a void has been created, so fill it with lots of good times and memories. BTW this is David the meatcutter at YOUR Price Chopper.

Nancy (Henkemeyer) DeMar

July 20, 2010

I went to school with Franks son, Frankie. I got to know his parents when I became of age to go to the store. Frank was always such a pleasant person and his wife Wilma was always so nice to me and always spoke to me years later whenever I would run into her at the grocery store or some where in Belton. With loosing my mom and one of my brothers just two months ago I know the loss and pain that you are feeling. My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this very difficult time.

Debbie Ferguson

July 19, 2010

Wilma and family, please accept our heartfelt condolences and sympathy. Frank was a wonderful person and will be sorely missed. Benjamin's was an icon of Belton - we both enjoyed coming in and visiting, especially in winter when Frank had the stove going. He created such a wonderful atmosphere in that place. Vaya con Dios. Debbie and Walt Ferguson

Debra (Manning) Luptak

July 19, 2010

My family has known the Benjamins my entire life. As an adult I always looked forward to going to the store early on a Saturday morning and getting the fattest worms you could buy, petting the dog and sharing stories with Frank. He would also tell me stories of when my dad was young. Frank will be missed. God bless the Benjamin family.

Wanda Kiefer

July 19, 2010

Wilma & Family, I am so sorry for your loss. We moved to Belton in 1965 and I met Wilma soon after when I lived in Lacy Estates. My name was Wanda Jacobs then. The boys may have gone to school with Alan (graduated 1973); Terry Ann (1975) or Curtis (1978) Jacobs. I married Dick Kiefer 1978 and he was a friend of Frank's. He made the Arkansas toothpick Frank hung on his wall. Dick died 12/2005. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Wanda Kiefer

July 19, 2010

I am going to miss the talks Frank and I would have when I would come into the store. He seemed to be so understanding when it came to the VA. I could have gone elsewhere but I really enjoyed the hospitality Frank and Wilma would show. I wish I could have known you all better. You will be missed!!. My condolences are with you Wilma and with all of your family. Sincerely, Barry Newcomer 214 N. Chestnut Belton.

July 18, 2010

We knew the Benjamins in the 60s when living in Belton. I was a member of the Baleens. Frank was a grand person. I still remember him well. Our condolences. Bobbie & Joe Jordan (Parkville, MO)