Dennis A. Bender

  • Born: December 10, 1951
  • Died: June 5, 2019
  • Location: Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

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Beaver Dam, WI 53916

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Tribute & Message From The Family


Dennis A. Bender, age 67, of Beaver Dam, died on Wednesday, June 5, 2019.

Dennis Arthur Bender was born on December 10, 1951 in Marshfield, Wisconsin to Merlin and Caryl Jean (Darton) Bender. He was a graduate of University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, where he studied Environmental Science. Denny owned and operated Bender Builders for 44 years. On February 4, 2002, he was united in marriage with Betty Vander Galien in Jamaica. Denny enjoyed his love for hunting at his cabin in northern Wisconsin and spending winters at his condo in Florida. He also loved fishing, NASCAR, the Packers, and trapshooting.

Dennis is survived by his wife, Betty Bender; children, Kristen (Jason) Krezinski and Kyle (Jenny) Bender; mother, Caryl Jean (Darton) Bender; step children, Shelly (Bodie) Colotti, Lisa (Dave) Smart, and Ryan (Laura) Vander Galien; step grandchildren, Lesi and Kylie Colotti, Isaac and Eli Smart, and Alex and Anna Vander Galien; sister, Marjean (Jim) Schlagenhaft of Kenosha; brother, Tim Bender of Grahamsville, NY; in-laws, Rodney (Jean) Firari, Sheila Firari, Pete Firari, Mike (Julie) Firari, Frank (Carol) Firari, Kenneth (Sara) Firari, Patty (Ray) Foslid, and Perry (Angie) Firari; his loyal canine companion, Buck; many loving nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Merlin Bender; father-in-law, Raymond Firari; and mother-in-law, Virginia Firari.

A private service will be held at a later date.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I am so sorry to hear of Denny's passing. He and my husband were such good buddies and they are now, along with another good buddy who recently passed as well, all hunting pheasants in Heaven. He will be missed by so many. Much love to the family.

Posted by Teri Nelson - Lake Mills, WI - Friend   July 30, 2019

We are so sorry to hear of Denny's passing. He is my cousin and will be missed. He was a good man.
Our thoughts and prayers to all of you.

Posted by Sam and Mark Prokash - algoma, WI - Family   June 17, 2019

Betty, I'm thinking of you at this time. We just learned of Denny's passing. As you know I will never forget the kindness he showed me over the years. Ever April is thinking of you.

Posted by Helen Ross - Pompano Beach, FL - Friend   June 15, 2019

Betty, So sorry, I just found out yesterday of Denny's passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.. Please reach out to your friends at Ever April if we can help with anything!

Posted by Gloria Jakab - Pompano Beach, FL - Friend   June 14, 2019

Kyle, So sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. Our sympathy.

Posted by Bob and Brenda Meyer - Beaver Dam, WI - Acquaintance   June 09, 2019

My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Posted by Kathy Friday (Erickson) - CURTISS, WI - Classmate   June 08, 2019

Our Sympathy and prayers to Betty and family

Posted by Jerry & Judy Hotmar - Bullhead City, AZ   June 08, 2019

Deepest sympathy to the Bender family.

Posted by Thomas and Phyllis Rozinski - Beaver Dam, WI - Friend   June 08, 2019


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