The Family of Michael Bender would like to thank everyone for the expressions of sympathy shown by means of memorials, food, cards, flowers, phone calls and visits. We are extremely touched by the outpouring of sympathy from the community of Columbus, Bellwood, David City and Lincoln. Your expressions of sympathy were greatly appreciated and will never be forgotten. A special thanks to Fr. Tom Weisbecker for coming and being with our family praying the Rosary at the wake service and doing the funeral Mass. His homily touched everyone who was there. We also want to thank Fr. Joe Miksch for coming to our home and assisting the funeral Mass. We also want to thank Fr. Ross Burkhalter from St. Anthony’s for assisting at Mass. Also thanks to Deacon Dan Keiter for his visits and assisting at Mass. We want to thank the St. Bonaventure Choir, Tracy Augustine and Jan Moser for the beautiful music and to the American Legion Hartman Post 84 Honor Guard. Also thanks to Wunderlich’s for the delicious meal. We will never forget the kindness of the staff at McKown Funeral Home especially Dave Purcell.

The sudden loss of our loved one was made a little easier with all the support we had during this time. Michael was so close to his family and through the memories he gave us, he will live forever in our hearts.

In lieu of individual thank yous, a Mass will be offered for everyone of you for all you did for our family during this time of sadness.

God bless all of you,

Ken & Betty

Kathleen & Michael & family

Joni & Tim & family

Jacqueline & Bob & family

Vicki & Delbert