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Vern Bender

July 14, 2017

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.

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8 thoughts on “Vern Bender

  1. Pastor Vern was a long time friend of my family and a regular face at family get togethers for most of my life growing up. He also married my wife and I in 2006 (11 years and still going strong) when we didn’t have the money for a fancy wedding. He was a gentle and kind man who would go out out his way to help anyone in need. He will be greatly missed.

  2. so sorry pastor played a big part in my family s lifes in the past and thank you for the sermon for many family members MAY GOD BLESS YOU IN YOUR NEW HOME MANY SORROWS

  3. Knew Pastor Bender very well. Went to his church off and on for a few years and did some work on the church for him. He was a great friend and man and will be greatly missed. RIP Pastor Bender your watch is over. Till we meet again in that great reunion in the sky.

  4. Vern was a special man to me! He was always there if he was needed. He truly loved the Lord and let everyone know of his love! He was a good man and will be greatly missed. He was a great veteran and supported the veterans in any way he could! RIP

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