Dale Bender


(Dec. 21, 1931 - Feb. 6, 2011)

Dale Bender 79, died peacefully in his sleep Sunday, Feb. 6. 

Dale graduated from high school in Powell, and worked for Dick Jones Trucking in Thermopolis for his entire working career. 

Time growing up was spent around horses. He loved the rodeo and watching bull riding.

His humor and sometimes questionable jokes were his trademark.

Dale came from the old school — if you make a commitment, stand by it — work hard, and be totally devoted to your family. 

In addition to his jokes, Dale often misquoted the Bible in an attempt to make his point. 

He is survived by his admiring fan club: his wife of 59 years, Shirley; daughter Terry Murphy (Ron) Frederiksen; son Doug (Sherry) Bender; and son Ron (Gina) Bender.

Dale especially loved his three grandchildren, Max (Jessina) Murphy, Sam (Jessica) Murphy, and Chelsea Dinsmoore.

Dale had six step-grandchildren, Aaron Frederiksen, Lia Frederiksen, Cedar Lapp, Lee Lapp, Michael Glavin and Christopher Smith. In addition, Dale’s nine great-grandchildren brought him special joy in the last chapter of his life. 

Dale also is survived by his brothers, Lynn (Maxine); Jerry (Lila); sister-in-law Charlotte (Jack) Bell; and six nieces and nephews. 

His parents and identical twin brother, Dave, preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be held in Vancouver, Wash.