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Leon E. Bendixen, 90, a former Halfway resident, died Jan. 2, 2001, at Heritage Bennion Care Center at Salt Lake City.

His graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway. First Counselor Pete Bigelow will preside. Visitations will be from 11 a.m. to noon at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Halfway.

Mr. Bendixen was born Sept. 8, 1910, at West Jordan, Utah, to Ephriam Vigo and Caroline Delila Webster Bendixen. He married Ruby Olea Fowles on April 1, 1936, at Payette, Idaho.

Mr. Bendixen was a farmer most of his life. He also worked construction prior to farming. He greatly enjoyed hunting and chasing wild horses on the desert in southern Utah when he was a young man. As he became older, he enjoyed reliving his younger days by telling stories about his adventures.

Survivors include his daughter, Janice Olmsted of La Grande; son and daughter-in-law, Arden and Billie Bendixen of West Valley City, Utah; a brother and sister-in-law, Roy and Wanda Bendixen of Delta, Utah; sisters, Marie Rice of Halfway and Ethel Montague of Washington; seven grandchildren, Jurita and Dennis Cronin, Russell and April Olmsted, Richard and Barbara Olmsted, all of Oregon, and Lonnie Fair, Lori Bendixen, Josh Bendixen and Jeremy Bendixen, all of Salt Lake City; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ruby; two sisters; and a brother.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice through the Coles-Strommer Funeral Home, 1950 Place St.

Used with permission from: The Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, January 5, 2001
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor

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