Vern Bender 88, longtime Christian activist in Newton died Friday, July 14, 2017 at Kansas Christian Home. He was born December 7, 1928 in Cleveland, Ohio to Glen Bender and Glenore (Klomfas) Bender.
Vern was the longtime pastor of People’s Bible Baptist Church in Newton. He made it his life’s calling to share the gospel and help people from all walks of life in the Newton community. He made sure that people got to their appointments and a meal was given when needed. He had a love of sharing the Gospel and made many home visits through the years sharing the love of the Lord. Vern was very patriotic, and often could be seen driving around town with his beloved flags waving from his car.
Pastor Vern touched many lives through years, through his church, providing funeral services, and Christian counseling to many. His enthusiasm for preaching will be missed.
He is survived by his son: Timothy Bender of Overland Park, Kansas. He is also survived by many friends and loved ones in the Newton community.
Vern is preceded in death by his parents and one son Ty Bender
Graveside committal service with flag ceremony will be 9:00 a.m. Thursday July 20th 2017 at Greenwood Cemetery in Newton, Kansas Visitation will be 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Petersen Funeral Home.
Memorials are suggested to People’s Bible Baptist Church in care of Petersen Funeral Home.