Thomas A. “Cowboy” Bender
LODI/POYNETTE-Thomas “Cowboy” A. Bender, age 65, passed away on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at home.
He was born on June 23, 1949 in Hudson, WI, the son of Arlene and Robert Bender. Tom served his Country in the US Marines. He married Lisa Wickham on July 7, 1990. Tom worked for the State of Wisconsin DOT and retired in 1996. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and car collecting. He was a member of the Lake Wisconsin Lion’s Club. Tom loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. He was always lending a hand to anyone that needed it. Tom enjoyed being a foster parent and he always opened his home to those in need. He never wanted to be a burden to anyone.
Tom is survived by his wife, Lisa; sons, Jonathan (Kate) Bender, Jeff (Nancy) Bender and Beau Bongard; daughters, Jodi (Marc) Pursley, Jacqueline Gatling and Andrea (Tim) Kluge; his furry friend, Tilley; grandchildren, Brewster, Adam, Brianna, Carmichael, Cassidy, Trinnity, Tess, Caden, Desirae and Weston; sister, Christine (Dennis) Schwede. He is further survived by many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Robbie Bender and sister, Barbara (Deo) Anderson.
Memorial Services will be held at FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 258 Lodi St, Lodi, at 1:00 pm, on Saturday, December 6, 2014 with Reverend Jessica Scholten presiding. Visitation will be held from 11:00 am until the time of the service at the church.
Memorials may be made to the National Kidney Foundation.
The family would like to express a special thank you to the Columbia County Dispatch and the Poynette EMS for their help.
Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com
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