Keaton Michael Bendel
Keaton Michael Bendel, 25, of Onalaska, Wisconsin died Saturday, January 18, 2020. Keaton was born May 21, 1994, in La Crosse, Wisconsin to Tari (Brewster) Gullickson and Blake Bendel. Keaton was a 2012 graduate of Holmen High School.
In 2011, he became a father to a baby boy, Bryson Alexander. Bryson became his world. Keaton was a great father and enjoyed spending time with Bryson wrestling, watching movies and gaming. In 2017, Keaton became the happiest man in the world when Xalene Mills agreed to become his wife. They were to be married on October 3, 2020.
Keaton loved spending time with his family, fishing with Darwin, and drinking Spotted Cow with buddies. Gaming was a huge part of his life and his online community became part of his family.
He leaves behind fiance and love of his life, Xalene Mills, beloved son Bryson Bendel, parents Tari and Darwin Gullickson, all of Onalaska, brother Cameron (Alicia Becker) Bendel of Galesville, sister Makenna Gullickson of Onalaska, grandparents Sue Yehle and Mike Brewster, both of La Crescent, great grandmothers Helen Foster and Marlene Brewster, both of La Crescent. He is further survived by father-in-law Matt (Amy Andrews) Mills, sisters-in-law Xenah (Jayson Roraff) Mills, and Xeta Mills all of Onalaska, brothers-in-law, Xane and Gage Andrews of Onalaska; nephews and nieces: Dominic Bendel, Aiden, Adrianna, and Avya Roraff, Adrianne Becker, godparents Nikki (Mike) Mades of Dakota, Minnesota and Mimi and Steve Vidaurri of Saline, Michigan, numerous aunts and uncles, and many, many friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Blake Bendel, and grandparents Rick and Carol Bendel and grandfather, John Yehle.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, January 22 from 4-7 p.m. and Thursday, January 23, from 9-11 a.m. A memorial service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. Visitation and memorial will be held at Coulee Region Cremation, 133 Mason Street, Onalaska.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family are preferred.