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Obituary for Gordon Bendel

Gordon Bendel, 79 of La Crosse died on October 12, 2020 in his home. Gordon was born in La Crosse on February 16, 1941 to Armin & Ethel (Starch) Bendel. He graduated from Central High School in 1959. Gordon married his classmate, Nancy Ammerman, on October 8, 1960. Gordon will be most remembered for his love of trees. Gordon is survived by his wife Nancy of 60 years; two daughters, Paula (Charles) Lawrence of Stone Lake Wi, and Glenda (Dean) Donley of La Crosse; four grandsons, Gordon (Vicky) Lawrence & their daughters, Cecilia, Vada, and Loretta of Sheboygan WI; Peter (Molly) Lawrence and their sons, Patrick, Oliver, and Conor of Wausau WI; Adam (Sarah) Donley and their daughter Payton, and Jake (Denise Borchert) Donley both of La Crosse. He is further survived by one brother Douglas (Margie) Bendel of rural Stoddard WI; two sisters-in-law Sandra (David) Kjos and Debra (Michael) Callahan both of La Crosse, one brother-in-law Garmen (Nancy) Ammerman of Boulder Junction WI; six nephews Mark (Karen) Bendel and their daughter Brittany (Curt) Swiggum, Aaron Bendel and his children Austin, Adam, Sam, and Carley, and Michael (Amy) Bendel and their children Lily & Jake all of rural Stoddard WI; Al (Cheri) Kjos and their sons Zak & Drew of La Crosse; Garin Ammerman and Greg Ammerman both of California; two nieces Eileen (Kevin) Fossom and their children Shane (Taylor) Doughman & Kelli Doughman; Amy (John) Espe and her son Alex (Sarah) Kjos and their son Harvey all of La Crosse. Two aunts, Eleanor Bendel of Chaseburg WI and Beverly Rosaan of Green Bay WI. Gordon was preceded in death by his parents, his in-laws, Kenneth & Dorothy Ammerman, two sisters-in-law, Georgia Ammerman & Yvonne Ammerman, several aunts, uncles, and cousins. Memorials may be given to; Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave, Nebraska City, NE 68410 or to the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation, 12151 Ave. of the Chiefs, Crazy Horse, SD 57730. A memorial service will be at 11:00 am on Monday, October 19, 2020 at Grace Ev. Lutheran Church. Pastor Jonathan Rimmert will officiate. Burial will be at Mormon Coulee Memorial Park Cemetery. A visitation will be from 10:00 am until the time of service. Jandt Fredrickson Funeral Homes and Crematory, Woodruff Chapel, is assisting the family. Online condolences may be sent at