COLUMBUS — Marvin W. Bender, 69, of Columbus, died Wednesday, June 10, 2015, at his home in Columbus due to cancer.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 13, at St. Isidore Catholic Church in Columbus. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Friday with an 8 p.m. vigil at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus (note location change due to a wedding). Visitation will continue from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Isidore Catholic Church. Interment will be in All Saints Cemetery in Columbus with military honors by the American Legion Hartman Post 84 Honor Guard.
Marvin was born Oct. 29, 1945, in Columbus to Edwin and Lucille (Fischer) Bender. He grew up on a farm near Cornlea. Marv attended Catholic grade school in Cornlea and graduated from Humphrey High in 1964. He then attended trade school in Milford. He served in the United States Army in Vietnam from November 1965-September 1967. He married Linda Melcher on June 15, 1968, at St. Bernard Catholic Church. To this union Tracy and Cory were born. After the service he worked construction then later for the U.S. Postal Service for 23 years until retirement. He enjoyed the outdoors, trail rides and camping.
He was a member of St. Isidore Church and American Legion Hartman Post 84, where he served on the Honor Guard for six years. He was named the Volunteer of the Year by the post earlier this year. Marv also belonged to the VFW #3704, Eagles Club, DAV Chapter 20 and 40&8. Marv had a love for his horses and enjoyed iron art work, deer hunting and gardening. His greatest love was spending time with his family and the grandchildren. He enjoyed volunteering for the American Legion with his friends.
Marvin is survived by his wife, Linda Bender of Columbus; daughter, Tracy (Steve) Schulz of Columbus; grandchildren, Kyle and Maddisen Schulz of Columbus; son, Cory (Kari) Bender of Grand Island; mother, Lucille Bender of Columbus; brother, Dean (Peggy) Bender of Bradenton, Florida; and sister, Lois (John) Appuhn of Omaha.
Marvin was preceded in death by his father, Edwin; and sister, Peggy Bender.
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