First Sergeant Kenneth L. Bender, 87, of Marysville, Kansas, died on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Crestview Nursing and Residential Living, Seneca, Kansas.
Kenny, as he was known by his friends, was born in Polo on April 27, 1931, the son of William and Ethyl Bender.
Kenny graduated from Polo Community High School in 1949, and was initially employed as a welder for Central Quality Industries.
Kenneth married the former Florella Kline on Dec. 6, 1969 at the Evangelical United Methodist Church in Polo.
Kenny entered military service in the U.S. Army on March 23, 1951 at Fort Sheridan.
Sergeant Bender served in both the Korean Conflict and in Vietnam.
He was a Life Member of the VFW, American Legion, 2nd Infantry Division, 9th Infantry Division, 4th Infantry Division, 12th Infantry Regiment, Retired Enlisted Association, and Korean War Veterans Association.
Kenneth loved his gardens and the many flowers he nurtured to life. During his last days these brought him much joy.
This man loved life to its fullest, every single day.
Survivors include his wife, Florella, of Marysville, Kansas; two sons, Randy Bender, of Mountain House, California, and David Bender, of Lake Havasu, Arizona; a daughter, Joanne, of Tacoma, Washington; and two brothers, Leonard (Connie), of Morrison, and Sid (Shirley), of Barabou, Wisconsin.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Erma Jean Bender.
Graveside memorial services with military honors will be held on Saturday, June 1 at 11 a.m. at Fairmount Cemetery, Polo.
Memorials are suggested to the Open Bible Church in Polo, and may be sent in care of the church or Polo Family Funeral Home, 110 E. Dixon St., Polo IL 61064.
Condolences may be sent to www.polofamilyfuneralhome.com