Frank Reynold Bender

August 23, 1934July 10, 2017

Frank Reynold Bender, age 82, entered Heaven into the presence of his Savior Jesus Christ, and was reunited with his beloved wife Erma, on Monday July 10, 2017. Frank was born on August 23, 1934 in Zenith, Washington at the home of his maternal grandparents. He was the second of six children and the oldest son born to Herbert Emmanuel and Dorothy (Hotchkiss) Bender. Frank attended schools in Seattle at Bryant and Olympic View Elementary and John Marshall Jr. High Schools. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1953, and was a proud Rough Rider.

After high school, Frank worked in the printing industry for two years. In 1955, feeling God's call to full-time ministry, Frank entered Northwest Bible Institute (now Northwest University) in Kirkland. He graduated in 1959, with a BA degree in Theology, and minors in music and history.

Also in 1955,Frank met Erma LaVon Johannes at a youth Bible Study. They were married on August 17, 1956 and enjoyed more than 60 years together. Frank and Erma had five children: Christie Lee; Joyce Elaine; Mark Reynold; Beth Anne and Andrew Paul.

The Bender family moved to Northern New England in 1960, where they pastored churches in New Hampshire and Vermont from 1960 - 1970. Frank continued to work full-time in the printing industry as well. In addition to pastoring and outside employment, Frank served on school boards, as district Christian Education and Youth Ministry Coordinators, and as presbyter for the Northern New England District of the Assemblies of God.

The family returned to Seattle in 1970, to obtain needed education and services for their three youngest children, who were each born with disabilities. Frank continued working in various jobs until January 2016.

The Benders have been active members of Shoreline Community Church since 1970. Frank served in many capacities including: Sunday School teacher; Men's Ministry and small group leader; usher; choir member; Royal Rangers Commander; Missions board representative; prayer team member and pastor-elder. Outside of church, Frank participated in ministry at nursing homes, jails and homeless missions. He and Erma were interim pastors of All Tribes Church for Native Americans. Frank also preached as guest minister at a number of churches, and officiated at many weddings and funerals. He was honored in April 2013 for 50 years as an ordained minister by the Assemblies of God.

Frank officiated basketball for many years for recreation leagues, junior and senior high schools and community colleges. He started up a group of basketball officials for Special Olympics of Washington, and refereed at the International Special Olympics in both 1983 and 1987. He was involved as a Special Olympics volunteer in both basketball and track and field from1976 - 2014, and was recognized as volunteer of the year by the State organization.

Frank enjoyed a variety of hobbies and interests - eagles, ships, sports, hiking, jogging, music, traveling, reading and collecting coins.

Frank is survived by his five children, son-in-law Ron Rice; brother Herb Bender and wife Roxie; sisters Dorothy Winn, Barbara Williams, Ellen Tingley and husband Jeff; aunts Alice and Charline Bender; many nieces, nephews extended family and friends.He was preceded in death by his wife Erma on 1/11/17, by both parents and sister Nola Maynard. He was deeply loved and respected by all and will be greatly missed. . A memorial service in Frank’s honor will be held on Saturday, July 29th at 1:00 PM at Shoreline Community Church, 125 NE 185th St, Shoreline, WA 98155 In lieu of flowers, the family would be grateful for donations in Frank’s name to Special Olympics of Washington, or to Shoreline Community Church designated for The Table Ministry.


  • Graveside Service

    Thursday, July 20, 2017

  • Memorial

    Saturday, July 29, 2017


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Joani Pence Walton

September 9, 2018

The Benders were one of our neighbors. Daily, through high school, I came over to the Bender house to walk to high school with one of my best friends, Chris. I enjoyed being a part of their morning Bible time. I always felt a welcome part of their family. This man loved Jesus and his smiles and warmth were an obvious extension of closeness to Jesus. I am very thankful to have known Mr. Bender, as well as the rest of the family. (I'm sorry I did not hear about either of them passing, and it happened over a year ago.)

Bruce Undhjem

August 1, 2017

Frank will forever be remembered as God's servant, impacting all he came in contact with showing warmth & grace. I first met Frank during basketball officiating Special Olympics games all across WA in the '70s ( 10+ yr. ) & then blessed to accompany him to the 1983 Intl. games ( Baton Rouge ) where I met my bride of 32 years. Thank you Frank for touching my life by living your faith and showing what a man of God looks like by giving your unconditional love to family + friends alike. Our loss is heaven's gain for eternity. Well done, good & faithful servant !

Monika Aiken Lirio

July 27, 2017

I was blessed to be Frank (and his beloved Erma's) neighbors for years as well as attend church with him . Frank always had a smile, a handshake and a warm welcome for everyone. Such a loving father, husband, friend and devoted to his church family as well. Such a blessing and a fine example to all. We will miss you Frank, see you when I am called home!

Steve Scheving

July 22, 2017

Frank was very personable, always shaking somebody's hand, and was truly interested in their lives. He would come up to me and ask me how I was doing, and how things were going at work. He was a faithful, Godly man, who genuinely cared about the church, and every person in it. I will miss seeing his smiling face on Sunday mornings.

Ken and Gail Allyn

July 22, 2017

Frank and Erma were one of the friendliest and most caring couples we have known. When I think of Frank, I think of purity. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family Joyce.

Tony & Kathy Adams

July 21, 2017

We will always remember Frank for his wonderful,smile and caring heart. He was always interested in what our children were doing and in their achievements in sports. He truly cared for others and demonstrated it by his actions. He was a man of faith and humility and we will miss him greatly. We love the Bender family.
Tony & Kathy Adams

John Wilson

July 21, 2017

May Jesus comfort you during this time of loss. Frank was a joyful man of God! What a blessed heritage you have Joyce Rice. All our Love! John and Beth Wilson

Richard Jackson

July 20, 2017

Frank was a person who walked with Our Savior. He was totally accepting of me as a fellow brother in Christ from the 1st minute that we met at the funeral of my mother-in-law and my announcement to the extended family of my marriage to his neice, Bonnie. The Presence of the Holy Spirit was clearly evident to me as Frank expressed the love of Christ in his brotherly friendship. Mark 12:31

kevin johnson

July 19, 2017

will miss him true man of God

July 15, 2017

The two things that I consistently remembered about Frank, a fellow church member, were these:
1. his friendliness and
2. his smile

Tom Chin