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Obituary for Duane Gerald Bender
Duane Gerald Bender, 70 of Stuart passed away on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at his home. Celebration of life services will be held at a later date. Cards of condolence may be sent to the family in care of Johnson Family Funeral Home, PO Box 246, Stuart, IA 50250. Online condolences may be left at www.johnsonfamiliyfuneralhome.com.
Duane was born on April 17, 1950 to Henry and Kathleen (Barker) Bender in Humphrey, Nebraska. He grew up in the Platte County, Nebraska area where he graduated high school. Following his schooling, he began his career as an over-the-road trucker spending 40+ years driving before his retirement. He was awarded multiple million-mile safety awards while driving. Duane spent his last 13 years living south of Stuart.
In his spare time he enjoyed watching movies and cracking a good joke. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren and would go out of his way to make them happy.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He leaves behind his children: Henry (Lisa) Bender of Stuart, Chris (Elizabeth) Bender of Des Moines and Audra (Jason) Shroyer of Great Falls, SC; grandchildren: Colton Shroyer, Savannah Shroyer, Kason Bender, Elijah Bender, Logan Bender, Ashlyn Bender, Trinity Bender and Xavier Bender; siblings: Margaret (E.K.) Hensen, Susan (Arden) Specht, Paul Bender, Glen (Carmen) Bender, LeRoy Bender, Thomas (Vi) Bender, Robert Bender and Danny (LuAnn) Bender; and a host of extended family and friends that will miss him dearly.