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Paul Bender - March 04, 2012


Paul Bender, 67, of Minden, died Sunday, March 4, 2012, at his home in Minden after a short illness.
Paul was born Oct. 7, 1944, in Friend, to Armin and Ruth (Manning) Bender.
He grew up in Exeter and graduated from Exeter High School in 1962. He attended Nebraska Wesleyan.
On Nov. 25, 1964, he married Joyce Bartlett. They lived in Lincoln for a few years and then settled in Minden.
He worked for K-N Gas for 34 years.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Minden.
He loved playing baseball and overhand softball. He enjoyed hunting upland game and deer hunting with bow, rifle and black powder. Motorcycle and car racing were a great part of his life; he passed that on to his sons who both raced motocross. In September Paul crossed one thing off his “bucket list’; he was able to travel to the Springfield Mile motorcycle race. He spent many camping trips with friends and family to Harlan County, Sturgis, and surrounding states.
Survivors include his wife, Joyce, of Minden; sons, Alan Bender and his son, Riley, of Grand Lake, Colo., and Dwight Bender and wife, Ann, and their daughters, Breanna, Courtney, Emily and Moriah of Lincoln; sister, Gayla Johnsen and husband, Gordon “Duke” of Seward; sisters-in-law, Charlene Barnard of Beatrice, Carol Bartlett of Lincoln and Cora Jensby and husband, Darrell, of Gilbert, Ariz.; along with many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services were March 7 at the United Methodist Church in Minden with the Rev. Nancy Lambert officiating.
Burial was in the Minden Cemetery.
Layton-Craig Funeral Home of Minden was in charge of arrangements.