Charles F. Bender
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Charles F. "Charlie" Bender, age 82, of Yankton, South Dakota passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at Avera Majestic Bluffs Hospice House in Yankton.

Mass of Christian Burial is 10:30 AM, on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at St. Benedict Catholic Church in Yankton with Reverend Scott Traynor officiating. Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Yankton with military honors performed by the Ernest-Bowyer VFW Post No. 791 and SD Army National Guard Funeral Honors. Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, on Monday, May 21, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a rosary and vigil service at 7:00 PM. Visitation continues one hour prior to the funeral at the church.

Pallbearers are Steve Krcil, Kenneth Hauck, James Bender, Todd Hecht, Steve Bender, Mark Bender, Karl Bender and Patrick Bender. Honorary pallbearers are all of his grandchildren.

Charlie was born February 9, 1936, in St. Helena, NE to Julius and Hilaria (Bruening) Bender. Growing up, Charlie attended country and St. Helena public schools. In 1953, Charlie graduated from Holy Trinity High School, now Cedar Catholic High School, Hartington, NE. After graduation, Charlie enlisted in the United States Army and served active duty for 2 years and was a member of the South Dakota National Guard, Charlie Battery, for 6 years. Charlie married Alberta Dyke, on April 4, 1964 in Tyndall, SD. To this union, five children were born; Delaine, Sharla, Gale, Chris, and Kevin. Charlie started work with Welfl Construction Company on April 1, 1959. Construction turned into Charlie's life work and passion. He worked for Welfl Construction for a total of an astonishing 55 years. He worked his way through the ranks and was a long-time superintendent. In 1991, along with Harvard Schulz, Charlie purchased Welfl Construction Company, and was its president until his retirement in 2015.

Charlie was active in the Yankton community. He's been a long-time member of the VFW, The Knights of Columbus, and The Elks. Charlie and Alberta are members of St. Benedict Catholic Church. Charlie exemplified a spirit of service. He served on the Mount Marty College Board of Trustees from 1994-1999, and was a member of the Mount Marty College Building and Grounds Committee for many years. In recognition for their service to Mount Marty College, Charlie and Alberta were both awarded honorary doctorates in 2014. Charlie was a charter member of the Crofton Lakeview Golf Course and served on its board of directors from 2000-2005. Charlie's family will forever appreciate the positive examples he set. He exemplified a spirit of service in his willingness to donate his time, talent, and treasure to many organizations and causes. Charlie enjoyed the game of golf, playing cards, reading up on historical events, traveling, and family gatherings. He will be remembered for his selfless work ethic, his commitment to his family, and Catholic faith.

Grateful for sharing his life are his wife of 54 years, Alberta Bender of Yankton; their children and families: Delaine Bender, Orlando, FL, Sharla (Weir) Alexander, Gainesville, FL, Gale (Denise) Bender, Norfolk, NE, Chris (Andria) Bender, Sioux Falls, SD, and Kevin (Terra) Bender, Yankton, SD; his siblings: Robert (Norma) Bender and Loren (Ruth) Bender, both of St. Helena, NE; as well as grandchildren: Skyler (Jen) Bender, Colton Alexander, Chase Alexander, Riley Bender, Jacob Bender, Ariel Bender, Malia Bender, Griffin Bender, Margot Bender, Gavin Bender; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Charlie was preceded in death by his parents: Julius and Hilaria Bender; and sister in-laws: Margene (Harlyn) Westergaard and Marlene (Jonas) Hauck.




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My deepest sympathy to the family during this difficult time. May God grant you peace.

Todd Abler


My deepest condolences to the bender family, I'll miss charlie

Bruce Hegge


Kevin and family, we are so sorry for the loss of your Dad. May you find comfort in the many wonderful memories you have together. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Jenni and Dusty List


Alberta and family, our deepest sympathies of the loss of Charlie. May the memories you share help you to get through this sad and difficult time. Keepin all in our prayers.

Bev and Dennis Schmidt


Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time, with our deepest sympathy - the staff at BCS, Incorporated

Lee S. Broadston & Staff


Thinking of you all as you celebrate Charlie's remarkable life.

Scott, Sarah, Vera and Elsa Bonertz


Alberta and Family,

Our hearts grieve with you! Charlie was a special man and will be missed by us and many others.

Karen Azevedo & Steve Feimer


Kevin, Terra and kids ~ I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time and always. Let me know if I can do anything for you.

Jessine Dutcher


Alberta and Family,

Thinking of you all. Charlie will be missed by many.

Brenda and Frank Stefani


Sorry to read of your loss. Although it has been a while since high school for you kids, I still have fond memories of you from class and athletics. You have my deepest sympathy

Gene Bormann


Alberta and family: We all feel as though a piece of our lives is missing with Charles passing. Please find comfort in realizing that his legacy of a life well-lived will certainly live on in the hearts of everyone who knew him.

Maureen Bruening Jensen


I'm extremely saddened by the passing of Mr. Bender. It shows that not only did he live a full life, but he had a great family. May the God of all comfort be with his friends and family during this rough time. Praying for a time when "death will be no more" (Revelation 21:3, 4) and we will see our loved ones again (John 5:28, 29) May the memories you have sustain you.

DJ Prude


To Alberta and family,

Our deepest condolences.

Leon and Arlene Bender-North Pole, Alaska


Alberta and Family, so sorry to hear of the loss of your Husband, Father and Grandfather. I was fortunate to work with Charlie on my construction projects over the years. He will be missed greatly.

Bill and Laura Fejfar


Kevin and Delaine, please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Hugs and condolences.....

Nancy Tesdall


Kevin and family, my deepest sympathy for your loss. I knew Charlie from his years with Welfl Construction. May your memories help you through this time.

Mary Puetz


Prayers to you Alberta and family. Always a pleasure to visit with Charlie about our Heritage.

Jeanette Lammers


Alberta and family
You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Charlie was a special man and be missed greatly.

Gene and Pat Novak


Alberta, Kevin and Family, I was sorry to here of the loss of Charlie. He will be missed in our Industry. You and your Family have our deepest sympathy and we will hold you in our prayers.

Jerry Johnson


To Alberta and Family. We are so sorry to hear of Charlie's passing and we are thinking of you all in these difficult days. We remember Charlie with great fondness. Trijnie and Colin, Hillie and Riet. The Netherlands.

Trijnie and Colin Ray

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