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Charles K. Bendorf

1934 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Charles K. Bendorf Obituary
CHARLES K. BENDORF September 25, 1934 - January 17, 2018 Charles K Bendorf was born September 25, 1934, to Chris K Bendorf and Julia L Bendorf, in Blair Nebraska. From birth Chuck was afflicted with cerebral palsy, which to most people would be considered a detriment, but to Chuck it was a strength which caused people to be drawn to him. This may be because of his constant smile and happy attitude which was infectious and spilled over to all who he came in contact with. Chuck was preceded in death by his father, Chris K Bendorf, and his mother, Julia L Bendorf, and his brother-in-law, John B Slater MD. He is survived by his sister Thomasine (Tommy) B Slater, his nephew, John Slater and his wife Cindy, his nephew, Chuck Slater and his wife Grace, His niece Julia Hutler and her husband Rick. He is also survived by many great nephews and nieces: Joelle and Kyle Jermstad; Katelyn, Abigail, Christopher, and Margret Slater; and Hannah, MacKenzie, and Jackson Hutler. He is also survived by one great great niece, Sage Thomasine Jermstad. As a young child, Chuck grew up in a funeral home along with his father, mother, and sister Tommy. He was well loved by the members of the small town of Blair, and he would be greeted by them with "Hi Chuck" as he would walk up and down the streets of Blair. As a young man, Chuck was "drafted" as an umpire by his friend, Jim McKay, and he was involved with umpiring both the men's and the women's slow pitch softball league as well as the men's fast pitch league. Chuck also was made a referee for Blair High School football games too. Chuck's calls were considered to be always fair and correct. He would always call them the way that he saw it. He once said, "An umpire is not always right, but he is never wrong". After the death of Chuck's father, he and his mother moved from Blair to Eureka, CA, to live his sister and brother-in-law and their family. He remained in Eureka the rest of his life, but constantly talked about and remembered his life and friends in Blair. Chuck was cared for by his family in Eureka, especially his sister, Tommy and her husband, John, who kept him in their home until it was physically impossible to do so. The finial years of Chuck's life were lived in Granada Rehabilitation and Wellness Center, where he developed many friendships and relationships with other clients, their families, and staff. Chuck's positive attitude, laugh, and big smile were legendary at Granada. He loved living at Granada, especially on "Bowling and BINGO nights", when Charles Hytken would include him in the activities. The family of Chuck Bendorf would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the staff and to all who were involved with Chuck's care while at Granada. Your love and excellent care of Chuck made his life full, complete and happy. We know that he loved being with all his nurse "girlfriends". Charles was quit a flirt at times we know that he will be missed by all. As a final note of hope: It gives us all great peace to know that because of Chuck's great faith in his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Chuck slipped into eternity with a smile on his face. We know that today Chuck is no longer bound by the crippling disease of cerebral palsy, but rather he is running and walking on streets of gold. Instead of being hard to understand when he speaks, he is shouting with a clear voice the praises of the God that he loves so much. We know there is a day ahead for all of us when we shall see Chuck again it is just another reason for us to make sure that we go to heaven. The family of Chuck Bendorf wishes to express our thanks to Gobel's Mortuary for their great respect and care of Chuck during this time. All friends and family are invited to the memorial service, which will be held at Eureka the Pentecostal Church, 1060 Hoover Street, Eureka, CA 95501, on February 3, 2018, at 1 pm, to honor and celebrate the life of Charles K Bendorf. Viewing will be held at Gobel's Mortuary on Friday, February 2, 2018 from 2 to 5 pm. The family asks that donations be made in Chuck's name to either the Cerebral Palsy Foundation or to Granada Rehabilitation and Wellness Center. Please sign the guestbook at www.times-standard.com
Published in Eureka Times-Standard on Feb. 2, 2018
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