Pastor Vern Bender

Pastor Vern Bender

Vern Bender, 88, longtime Christian activist in Newton, died Friday, July 14, 2017, at Kansas Christian Home. He was born Dec. 7, 1928, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Glen Bender and Glenore (Klomfas) Bender.

Vern was the longtime pastor of People’s Bible Baptist Church in Newton. He made it his life’s calling to share the gospel and help people from all walks of life in the Newton community. He made sure that people got to their appointments and a meal was given when needed. He had a love of sharing the Gospel and made many home visits through the years sharing the love of the Lord. Vern was very patriotic, and often could be seen driving around town with his beloved flags waving from his car.

Pastor Vern touched many lives through years, through his church, providing funeral services, and Christian counseling to many. His enthusiasm for preaching will be missed.

He is survived by his son, Timothy Bender of Overland Park, and by many friends and loved ones in the Newton community.

Vern was preceded in death by his parents and one son Ty Bender.

Graveside committal service with flag ceremony will be at 9 a.m. Thursday, July 20, at Greenwood Cemetery in Newton. Visitation will be 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday at Petersen Funeral Home in Newton.

Memorials are suggested to People’s Bible Baptist Church in care of Petersen Funeral Home.