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Russell Bendish

January 25, 1967 — December 25, 2015

Russell A. Bendish, 48, Mandan, died at his home with his family by his side Christmas morning.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan, ND with Rev. Shane Campbell as celebrant. Burial will be at Mandan Union Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Monday, December 28, 2015 from 3:00-9:00 pm at Weigel Funeral Home, with a Rosary/Parish Vigil at 7:00 pm. Visitation will continue at the church one hour prior to the service on Tuesday.

Russell was born January 25, 1967 to Richard and Mary (Fleck) Bendish. He attended grade school in Fort Rice and completed the 4th and 5th grade in the same year. He then went on and graduated from Mandan High School in 1984. After high school Russell went to Wahpeton and IBC for college. Russell worked on the farm for his uncle Arnold Bendish and also his cousin Dale Rebenitsch. He was employed by Onyx Construction, Schoonover Brothers, Mandan Public Schools, and most recently RDO Equipment Company for the past 16 years.

Russell married the love of his life, Debra Schwartzbauer on April 19, 1991 in Mandan, ND. Together they had three wonderful children. Russell loved attending his children’s sporting events along with taking them hunting, fishing, and camping. They were the light of his life and most all of his conversations revolved around his kids. Russell had a strong faith and during his illness his faith became stronger and carried him through this difficult time.

Russell had a passion for the outdoors passed on to him from his father. He shared that love with his children taking them hunting and fishing whenever he could. He also loved camping with family and friends. Many memories were created on countless camping trips. There weren’t many times Russell could be seen without a gun, fishing rod, or just having a good time. He had a love for life and was an honest and respected man. Russell was never afraid to say it like it was. You knew where you stood with Russell. He had many unique sayings.

Russell, our dearly loved husband, father, son, brother, uncle, and dear friend will be deeply missed and forever remembered by his wife, Debra; three children, Emily (friend, Curtis Kraft), Richard, and Anna; mother, Mary; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Richard and Shirley Schwartzbauer; two brothers, Stacey (Celeste), and Steven all of Mandan; one sister, Annette (Mike) Frey, Minnesota; sisters-in-law, Kathy (Roger) Krance, Bonnie (Mike) Ripplinger; brother-in-law, Rod (Sharon) Schwartzbauer; sisters-in-law, Denise (Tim) Sheldon, and Leann (Jason) Bergquist; many nieces and nephews, Cierra, Jacob, CaSandra, Stacey II, Christian Bendish, Zachary & Marissa Frey, Kaitlyn & Kolton Krance, Brandon (Amber) & Jordan Ripplinger, Tori Schmidt, Chelsi (Marc) Montplaisir, Brodie & Jake Bergquist; great niece, Madi Montplaisir; great nephews Cole, Caleb, Cuyler Schmidt and Camden Ripplinger; special family friends, Greg and Lisa (Heather and Maddy) Ripplinger, Matt and Tammy (Kasey, Kyler, and Karli) Pazdernik, and Shannon and Stacy Gangl family, all of Mandan, and additional friends too numerous to mention.

Russell was preceded in death by his father, Richard Bendish; grandparents, John and Anna Bendish and Jacob and Pauline Fleck.

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