Rickie Franklin Bender, 71, a beloved husband, father, paw paw, passed away on Friday, January 26 2024, at a local hospital in Temple, Texas. He was born on January 11, 1953, in Brenham, Texas. Rickie had a fulfilling career as a Safety coordinator, working at several refineries throughout the country. He was dedicated to ensuring the well-being of others and contributed to the safety of numerous communities across the United States.
Rickie's passion for his work was truly remarkable. His commitment to occupational safety and health led him to further his education at TSTI (now known as TSTC) Texas State Technical College, where he obtained his degree in Occupational Safety and Health. It was during his college years that he met the love of his life, Carol Teresa Jarvis. They started a beautiful journey together and were married for 32 wonderful years.
In addition to his successful career and love for his wife, Rick also found immense joy in spending time with his family. Watching his grandchildren grow brought him immense happiness and he cherished every moment with them. His role as a father and grandfather was one of his proudest accomplishments.
Rickie had an infectious personality that left a lasting impression on everyone he encountered. He possessed the gift of storytelling and could vividly recount events from decades ago as if they happened yesterday. His ability to bring stories to life with vibrant details made him an extraordinary conversationalist. Rickie's caring nature extended beyond his immediate family; he was always ready to lend a helping hand to others.
His faith played a significant role in Rickie's life as he delved deeper into it while attending church services at Temple Bible Church and sharing the daily devotion with his baby cakes Carol. He embraced his spirituality and found solace in it. The values of caring and love were evident in every aspect of Rickie's life, including how he interacted with others. His friendly nature often found him engaging in playful banter and flirting with those around him. He had a special fondness for babies and displayed infinite patience while playing with children.
Outside of work and family, Rickie had a variety of hobbies and interests. He enjoyed working out to stay fit and had an unwavering dedication to his physical well-being. As a football fan, Rick rooted passionately for both the Dallas Cowboys and the Temple Wildcats. Cooking barbecue for his friends and family was another passion that brought him immense joy. Rickie Franklin Bender will be dearly missed. His love, enthusiasm, and zest for life were truly infectious, leaving an indelible mark on everyone who knew him. He is survived by his beloved wife Carol Teresa Jarvis, whom he cherished deeply. Rick is also survived by his three sons, Jason Bender, Joey Bender, Steven Bender, and his three daughters, Renee Pepe (Rocco), Misty Granderson (Quincy), Jenifer Stevenson (Eric).
Rickie leaves behind numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren who will forever cherish their memories with their adoring Paw Paw. He valued his friendships greatly, and many dear friends mourn his passing.
Rickie Franklin Bender was preceded in death by his parents, Frank Bender and Audrey (James) Bender, as well as his sister Carolyn Campbell.
A visitation will be held in loving memory of Rickie at Young's Daughters Funeral Home & Bereavement Center located at 4235 E. US Hwy 190 in Temple/Heidenheimer on Saturday, February 3rd, 2024. The visitation will take place from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM to allow friends and loved ones to gather together to celebrate Rickie's life. This event will serve as a time for everyone to share memories, stories, and anecdotes about Rickie.
A funeral service will be held on Sunday, February 4th, 2024, at Young's Daughters Funeral Home & Bereavement Center starting at 1:00 PM with Ronald Nielsen officiating. Friends and family are invited to come together to honor Rickie's life and pay their final respects.
In lieu of flowers please consider making a memorial donation in honor of Rickie Bender to St. Jude's Hospital.
Rickie Franklin Bender's legacy will continue to live on through his loved ones and the cherished memories they hold dear. He was a dedicated professional, a loving family man, and a genuinely caring individual. His impact on the lives of those around him will not be forgotten.
Rest in peace, Rick. May your spirit find eternal joy and may your memory serve as a guiding light for all who were fortunate enough to know you.
Arrangements are under the direction of Sabrina Young at Young's Daughters Funeral Home and Bereavement Center
Saturday, February 3, 2024
6:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)
The family would like to ask everyone in honor of Rickie to wear his favorite color, blue. (Non formal)
Testimony Hour is where people come to share stories of Rickie to help everyone heal and continue on his legacy.