Gene Bendix peacefully passed away at home on Thursday, April
25th at the age of 91. Gene was born on January 9, 1928 in Michigan
City, Indiana to Norman Bendix and Ella(Russell) Bendix. Gene is
preceded in death by his loving wife, Patricia, grandson, James
Helmer and sister, Beverly Kelch. Gene is survived by his wife,
Susan, daughters, Gretchen Gallenbeck, Mary Jo, Judy Roeder
(Jerry), grandchildren; Chandel Bingen(Dan), Heather Vande
Kolk(Todd), Erich Roeder (Ashley) and great grandchildren; Tyler
Wendt, Cody Wendt, Calista Muraski, Easton Roeder and Colton
Gene served in the Navy and then attended Milwaukee School of
Engineering where he received his Engineering degree. He was hired
by Johnson Controls Company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he
was employed for over 35 years as a technical writer developing
instructional manuals for the electrical equipment produced by
Gene’s active life included baseball, bowling, golf and traveling.
But it was his ongoing desire to improve life for others in his
Cedarburg community that prompted him to volunteer his services
for various activities such as driving seniors to their appointments,
(Senior Van) for over 20 years, delivering Meals on Wheels, bringing
Holy Communion to those in LaSata Nursing Home and serving in
various functions at his Cedarburg parish.
After snowbirding since 2007 and then moving permanently to Sun
City West in 2016, Gene discovered new ways to enjoy life, especially
by joining the Handi-Capables Club where he found the perfect
combination of special friendship and healthy exercise. Then waterwalking
became his favorite activity three times a week.
His sense of fun and fellowship never wavered throughout his life.
He will always be remembered for his bright smile and positive
Gene’s life will be celebrated at St. Elizabeth Seton Parish in Sun
City on Friday, May 10th with a 12:00PM Mass and a lunch to follow. In
lieu of flowers, donations to the Handi-Capables Club would be
greatly appreciated or donations to the charity of your choice. Please join Gene’s family in sharing memories, pictures or videos on his tribute wall at www.caminodelsol.com.
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