James E. Bench 1972-2021

LATHROP - James Eric Bench, 48, of Lathrop, passed away at home, surrounded by his family.

He was born June 12, 1972 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Franklin and Hazel (Wilson) Bench.

James received a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Missouri Western State University in 2018. He was an officer for the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department.

He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and Cameron Elks Lodge # 2615.

James is predeceased by his father, Franklin Bench.

Survivors: wife, Heidi Bench, of the home; sons, Dylan, St. Joseph, Missouri and James “Gage” Buzzard, Aurora, Colorado; daughter, Ashlee Bench, Osborn, Missouri; mother, Hazel Bench, Cameron, Missouri; sisters, Shelia (John) Schrader, Moore, Oklahoma, Sandy (Jim) Neely, Rolla, Missouri, Jane (Carlos) Maxwell, Cushing, Oklahoma; brothers, Larry (Cindy) Huskey, Pattonsburg, Missouri, Danny (Tiffany) Blackard, Nixa, Missouri, Kelly (Sonia) Bench, Cameron, Missouri; granddaughter, Alaina Jane Hahn; several nieces and nephews and special niece, Kandie Fowler, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Memorial Service: 3:00 PM, Saturday, April 24, 2021 at Poland-Thompson Funeral Home, Cameron, Missouri.

Visitation: 1:00 PM- 3:00 PM, prior to the service.

Inurnment following at Packard Cemetery, Cameron, Missouri.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be given to the James E. Bench Memorial Fund (Recipient to be determined later.)

Memorial Donations may be sent in c/o Poland-Thompson Funeral Home ( 222 W. 3rd. Cameron, MO 64429) or Clinton County Sheriff’s Department ( 207 N. #6 Main St., Plattsburg, MO 64477)

Online condolences: www.polandthompson.com

Arrangements by Poland-Thompson Funeral Home, Cameron, MO.

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