Obituary and Service Information for Galen Joseph Bender

Bender, Galen Joseph

Date: Memorial Gathering, Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Time: 11:00am-2:00pm

Visitation Location:
Mahn DeSoto Chapel

Date: Memorial Service, March 9, 2016
Time: 2:00pm

Service Location:
Mahn DeSoto Chapel



Galen Joseph Bender, 88, of DeSoto entered into eternal rest at Hillcrest Care Center on Sunday, March 6, 2016. He was self-employed and was a Past Exalted Ruler for the Elks Lodge #2358 in California; a member of the VFW Post #1831, the Masonic Lodge #119 of DeSoto and a Shriner. Galen enjoyed spending time with his wife, family and friends. He liked watching Cardinal baseball games, fishing and golfing. He served honorably in the United States Navy and was present on the USS West Virginia in Tokyo Bay during the signing of the Peace Treaty that ended World War II on September 2, 1945. Born in San Francisco, California on Thursday, September 27, 1927; his parents were the late Joseph and Geraldine (Nee Cox) Bender. He married his loving wife, Marion E. (Nee Kelly) Bender in California on November 1, 1970.

Additional survivng family members are their children: William O. (wife, Pamela) Kennon of Keokuk, Iowa, Paul G. (wife, Patricia) Kennon of DeSoto and Kathy M. Bender of Irvine, California; grandchildren: Teri (husband, David) Bruce, Chris (husband, Ronald) Weimar, Dawn (husband, Jay) Myers, Chris Schenkel and Julie Poertner; numerous great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.

Pastor Ray Meredith will be officiating the memorial service.


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