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Harold Junior Bendlin


January 31, 2019

Harold Junior Bendlin, 80, of Thermopolis passed away January 22, 2019, at the Central Wyoming Hospice Center in Casper, Wyo., after a period of declining health.

Born July 20, 1938, in Spencer, Iowa, he was one of four children of Harold and Eva (Whetstine) Bendlin. He came to Hamilton Dome, Wyo., as a young child to live with his uncle Roy Whetstine where he attended school and was captain of the basketball team. At the age of 17 Junior joined the US Navy Western Pacific Tour aboard the attack air craft carrier USS Bon Homme Richard, Ports of Call included Pearl Harbor; Yokosuka, Kobe, Beppu & Sasebo, Japan; Subic Bay, Philippine Islands; Buckner Bay, Okinawa and Hong Kong, China, returning to the U.S. in 1957. On February 17, 1960, he married Chrissy Schwerdfeger in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Junior began working in the oil fields and construction in Wyoming. Memorable projects being Yellowstone boat docks and Anchor Dam. He retired from WYODOT after 30 years as a heavy equipment operator with multiple safety awards. Later providing property maintenance for area residents.

A member of St. Francis Catholic Church, he was a Grand Knight 4th Degree with the Knights of Columbus. Junior was a member of the VFW and GTO Association of Northern Colorado. His interests were fishing, hunting, bowling and showing his original classic 1967 GTO.

He is survived by his wife, Chrissy, of 58 years; daughters, Jodi (Bruce) Wasserman of Aurora , Colo., and Andrea (Craig) Cole of Broomfield, Colo .; grandchildren, Briana, Christina, Nicholas, Evan and Logan; five great-grandchildren; sisters, Janice Daff of Pueblo, Colo., and Diana Bryant of Canyon, Texas; life long friend and co-conspirator, Robert "Skip" Halbert; and mentor friend, Jerry Slagel.

Junior was preceded in death by his parents; and twin sister JoAnn McCaslin.

Mass of the Christian Burial was held January 26 at St. Francis Catholic Church. Father Randy Oswald and Father Hugo Blotsky officiated. Rosary was recited January 25 at St Francis Catholic Church.

Mortimore Funeral Home is assisted the family. Online messages may be offered at Memorials may be given to Hot Springs County Library Foundation, P.O. Box 951 or Knights of Columbus, P.O. 272, Thermopolis 82443.


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