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James "Jim" M. Bender
January 7, 1952 - March 22, 2009

Jim was born on January 7, 1952 in Salem, Oregon to Stanley & Bernadine (Stuckart) Bender. He passed away at his home in Madras on Sunday, March 22, 2009 at the age of 57 from cancer.
Jim has went onto his next great adventure in Heaven. Jim's last few months were spent in spiritual reflection and with great joy knowing he was going to die in a few months. His courage and catholic faith made his suffering bearable. He expressed his sadness in leaving so many family members and friends behind.
Jim moved to Central Oregon from Stayton, Oregon in 1971. He attended COCC with a minor in forestry and range management. Jim loved the outdoors whether it be fly fishing, hunting, trapping, or horseback riding on the marginal grasslands. Jim became interested in saddlemaking and leatherwork so he taught himself the hobby which he enjoyed doing for over 30 years. He raised a son, Chad, and a daughter, Samantha and then in 1990 he married Patti (Holland) Bender. He always said that she was the only thing he did right. Jim was a gentle man that had a way with words which sent him on another adventure, cowboy poetry writing and reciting all over Oregon and other states. Jim enjoyed the buckaroo way of life and wished he had been born in the early west days. Jim spent a lot of time reading and sharing his innermost thoughts with his best friends.
Jim was an active member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Catholic Order of Foresters and the NRA. Jim graduated from Regis High School in Stayton, OR in 1970.
He is survived by his wife, Patti of Madras, OR; Son: Chad Bender of Salem, OR; Daughter: Samantha Rushing of Crooked River Ranch, OR; Brothers: Raymond Bender of Scio, OR; Tom Bender of Aumsville, OR; Alan Bender of Lyons, OR; Terry Bender of Scio, OR; Ralph Bender of Stayon, OR; & Larry Bender of Seattle, WA; Sisters: Sheila Foltz of Jordan, OR; Stella Mendenhall of Aumsville, OR; Dorothy Frank of Jefferson, OR; Judy Baughman of Dallas, OR; & Clara Orr of Sublimity, OR. Mother: Bernadine Bender of Sublimity, OR; and 4 grandsons. He was preceded in death by his father and a brother, Ronald.
Visitation will be Thursday, March, 26, 2009 from 3-9 pm at North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.
Another Recitation of the Rosary will be held Thursday, March 26, 2009 at 7:00PM at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Stayton, Oregon.
A funeral Mass will be held on Friday, March 27, 2009 at 11:00 AM at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Jordan, Oregon. Burial will follow at Pioneer Cemetery in Jordan, Oregon. Serving the family, North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.


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