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Delbert Bender


Delbert Bender Aug. 21, 1928 - Feb. 15, 2014

WILLMAR - Delbert K. Bender, age 85, Willmar, passed away, February 15, 2014, Saturday at Bethesda Heritage Center in Willmar. His funeral will be 11:00 am Friday, February 21, 2014 at the Church of the Nazarene in Willmar. Burial will be at Cloverleaf Cemetery in Willmar. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 pm on Thursday at Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar and continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. In lieu of flowers memorials preferred to the family.


Delbert Keith Bender was born on August 21, 1928 in Mitchell, South Dakota, the son of Emil and Marie (Kendall) Bender. At the age of five they moved to Pennock, Minnesota where he lived on a farm.

In 1950, Delbert married Joyce Walker in Corvuso, Minnesota. He began a lifelong career of farming with his brother Robert outside of Pennock. They had a partnership for 42 years. After retiring from farming, he continued working at West Central Inc.

In December of 1975, Delbert was united in marriage to Gerry. He was a member of the Church of the Nazarene in Willmar. His passion was fishing with his family and he spent many years taking trips to Canada.

Delbert is survived by his wife of 38 years, Gerry Bender of Willmar; four children: Joy (and Jim) Nash, Delroy (and Sharon) Bender, Vickie (and Mark) ODay, Mike (and Sue) Bender, five step-children: Trisha (and Jim), Bradley, Jackie, Brian (and Denise), Kathy (and Larry); 19 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren; siblings: Robert Bender, Ruth (and Erv) Spahr, Don (and Gail) Bender, and Emily (and Roger) Solomon.

In addition to his first wife, Joyce, Delbert was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Phyllis Colovos.