Robert Bender, 57, of Fulton, died Saturday, October 28, 2017 as a result of an automobile accident. Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at St. Mary of Mercy Catholic Church in Alexandria. Burial will be at Graceland Cemetery in Fulton. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 PM Monday at the church with a 7:00 PM prayer service. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Bittner Funeral Chapel in Mitchell.
Robert Lloyd Bender was born June 20, 1960 in Mitchell, SD to Lloyd and Jane (Rehorst) Bender. He graduated from Hanson High School in 1978. After he graduated from South Dakota State University he farmed with his father and also worked as a seed dealer for Wensman Seed Company for a number of years. He married Susan Schieffer on February 14, 1991 in Mitchell.
He loved spending Friday nights with his family-especially his two granddaughters. He enjoyed riding his Harley, fishing and hunting, and had a passion for being on the farm.
He is survived by four children Patrick (Jenica) Bender, Forestburg, Jacob (Miranda) Bender, Fulton, Tristan Bender, Fulton, and Savannah Bender, Fulton; father Lloyd Bender, Fulton; two granddaughters Jalyn and Jacee Bender; sisters Christie (Jeff) Ellison, Sioux Falls, Betsy (Matt) Tobin, Fulton, Barbie (Jay) Janssen, St. Bonifacius, MN; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
He is preceded in death by his wife Susan in 2007; daughter Samantha in 2006; and mother Jane in 2010.