John Charles Bender was born in Mandan, ND on Sept. 13, 1940, to Erasmus and Catherine. He died on Sept. 28, 2018. John was the 4th of 5 children. He moved to Laurel, at a very young age.

He served in the US Navy from 1958 until 1962. He then spent 40 years working for a variety of retail furniture stores. He retired in 2003.

On Dec. 1, 1962 he wed Barbara Dietz and they’ve been happily married for 55 years. John and Barbara had three children, Catherine, Kateri (Teri) and Katrina.

John was preceded in death by his parents, siblings and daughter Catherine. He is survived by his wife, Barbara and his daughters Kateri (Teri) and Katrina and granddaughter Taylor.

Memorials may be made in his honor to the Disabled American Veterans or to a charity of one’s choice. Services will be Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018 at 1 p.m., at the Yellowstone National Cemetery in Laurel with a reception to follow at The Den.