Benona "Ben" Friend Sr., 93, of Harrisonville, MO passed away on Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at his home. Funeral services will be on Monday, April 18, 2022 at 11:00 AM at Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville, Missouri, with the visitation beginning at 10:00 AM. Interment will follow in Orient Cemetery in Harrisonville, MO.
Ben was born September 18, 1928 to Frank and Charity (Kelly) Friend in Ozark County, MO. He married Geneva Mullins on October 31, 1958. They lived in Merriam, Kansas until moving to Freeman, MO in 1973 and then to Harrisonville, MO in 2000. He worked for Western Container as a machine operator for 35 years. He was a member of the Harrisonville Church of the Nazarene.
Ben is preceded in death by his wife, Geneva, on March 13, 2019; his parents; four sons: Larry Friend, Gary Miller, Rex Miller, and Michael Miller; 2 brothers; and 2 sisters. He is survived by his sons: Ronald (Sheri) Friend of Garden City, MO, and Benona (Paula) Friend, Jr. of Joshua, TX; 11 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandson.