Bennie L. Breeding

Bennie L. Breeding, 66, of Bethel, MO passed unexpectedly April 21, 2012 at Barnes Hospital, St. Louis, MO.

Ben was a professional Flat Track Motorcycle racer and traveled all over the US earning National #36 race number. Ben raced for numerous sponsors and owned Ben’s Speed Shop in Springfield, IL before retiring. Mr. Breeding has friends all over the world and will be remembered as a true motorcyclist.

Ben married Gayla Jasmon in 1964 and has 3 children, Lacy Breeding (Chandler, AZ), Beau Breeding (Tallula, IL) and Shane Breeding (Ft. Myers, FL) and 2 grandchildren, Nic Troesch (AZ) and Tori Breeding (IL), also several cousins and in-laws.

He is preceded in death by his parents Dick and Iona Breeding (Masters) and brother Dickie and his wife Joyce Breeding.

Bennie was an organ donor and a private family memorial will be at a later time.


  1. CARL STEINMACHER on April 25, 2012 at 8:07 am

    Gayla & family, I am so sorry to hear about Bennie. I will always remember him as one of the best racers I have ever seen. from the early days on the scramble tracks to earning his national number 36 RIP BENNIE

  2. Michael Jordan on April 25, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Ben was a smooth operator, I remember him riding a 650 BSA Gold star and his feet could not touch the foot pegs, I always wanted to race too but Mom would freek out so I didn’t. I am so so sorry for your loss, I will always have good memories, even if he did feed me a pepper sandwich.

  3. Lacy Breeding on May 26, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    I keep wanting to call my Dad every time I see the races are on speed channel, and I appreciate that he put me on a mini bike with a clutch at 3 years old ! He was a one of a kind character and I loved him for exactly who he was. My Condolences to our extended family for not having a service but we were honoring our Fathers wishes and his ashes were sprinkled peacefully by myself and brothers around the Missouri property that he found so comforting and enjoyed.

  4. Jessica Miles on October 19, 2012 at 10:43 am

    He’s always been Uncle Bennie to me. So many stories when he would come visit Dickie and Joyce. The two of them sitting around laughing til they had tears rolling, telling stories about the race days. I’m sorry for your loss. I just saw this and wanted to post. I miss them all more than words could ever say.

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