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Elden G. Stender

Nov. 12, 1929-April 24, 2014


StenderElden G. Stender, devoted husband and beloved father, passed away peacefully on April 24, 2014.

Elden leaves behind his loving wife of 63 years, Marilyn and his two sons, Bruce Stender (Marilyn) of Rohnert Park, California, and Eugene Stender (Amy) of Milwaukie, Oregon. His daughters, Susan Stender and Carol Stender-Larkin preceded him in death.

He was an amazing role model and loving grandfather to six grandchildren, Michael Stender (Marissa), Nicole Stender, John (“Sparky”) and Kirsten Larkin, Slater and Ethan Stender. Elden also leaves behind many nieces and nephews who loved their “Uncle Butch.”

Elden was born Nov. 12, 1929, in Dent, Minnesota, and came to Oregon as a child. He graduated from Oregon City High School in 1947 and Lewis & Clark College in 1951. He was a member of the champion 1950 Football team and the Hall of Fame.

He married Marilyn Heglin on June 8, 1951, in Vancouver, Washington.

Upon discharge from the service in 1953, he began a successful career in sales, which took him to Southern California with Remington Rand Office Machines.

He returned to Oregon (Lake Oswego) in 1974 and began a career in the insurance field as a partner of Stender and Howland Insurance in Milwaukie until retiring in 1997.

Elden really enjoyed boating and as a longtime member of Rose City Yacht Club, logged many miles sailing the beautiful waters of the Pacific Northwest on the “Marilyn J” and on the Randall’s “Onnie.” Elden and Marilyn also traveled on many cruises where he enjoyed playing bridge while exploring various parts of the world.

Spending time with family was a great joy to Elden, traveling to the East Coast or across town supporting the activities of his children and grandchildren, cheering them on as they played sports.

Elden enjoyed sharing his love of sailing, gardening, and singing praises to God in whom he had tremendous faith, love and trust.

Elden was a caring, thoughtful, talented, humorous, and loving man who meaningfully touched the lives of both family and many close friends. He will be deeply missed by all those whose lives he so positively impacted.

Private interment was held at Willamette National Cemetery on April 30, 2014.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Grace Lutheran Church in Scappoose, Oregon, on Saturday May 17, 2014, beginning at 11 a.m.

If desired, donations may be made in lieu of flowers to Grace Lutheran Church or the charity close to your heart in his name.