May 26, 2023 at 11:21 a.m.

James Bender


James Allan Bender, age 64, left this world while resting peacefully in his bed in the late-afternoon of Sunday May 21, 2023. Preceded in death by his parents Arthur and Alvina Bender, and infant grandson Nathan.  Jim was born in 1958 — he was one of five brothers (Mark, Tom, Frank, Jim and John) in the family.

Jim is survived by his wife of over 42 years — Tamara Bender along with their children; Allen (Terri) of Oklahoma, Brande (Joe) of Taylors Falls, Larry (Tanika) of North Branch and Jonathan (Rebecca) of Forest Lake, and Jeremy (Bob: very close to a son) and his four brothers. Jim was part of a large and loving family that also included nine grandchildren; Landen, James, Andrew, Logan, Braxton, Conner, Teagan, Alyssa, and Hadley, along with 27 nieces and nephews.

Jim was a loving husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle and friend. He always loved the outdoors (boating, hunting, fishing, snowmobiles, ATVs, camping, etc.).  For more than 15 years, Jim with his dad, brothers and others would drive to Ontario, Canada for their week-long fishing trips in pursuit of trophy fish and family bonding. Along with trips to Canada, Jim also pursued many other trips for fishing and a number of other outdoor activities throughout Minnesota and other states. Jim possessed a highly proficient knowledge of vehicle repair and maintenance, he joined the Marines at an early age because of his vehicle mechanic desires. Jim always loved animals and usually had at least one large dog if not more living at his residence. Jim was always one to share his knowledge and experience with others and help those in need.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 7, 2023 at Access Church in North Branch with visitation one hour prior to the service at church.  A private family interment will take place at a later date.  

Arrangements are under the direction and care of Grandstrand Funeral home and Cremation Service in North Branch. Condolences may be expressed online at www.grandstrandfh.com



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