September 21, 1931–December 31, 2015
Peter (Pete) Bekendam was born in Norwalk, CA. He passed at home in the arms of his wife.
Pete graduated from Bellflower Christian (now Valley) High School and married his high school sweetheart, Carol Corwin on June 15, 1951. They were married 6 months short of 65 years. Pete and Carol had four biological children and five foster children.
Pete played many sports in high school, he also took pleasure in deep-sea fishing and photography.
After graduating from high school, Pete worked for his uncle on his dairy and then went into the dairy business with his father and brother, Hank in Corona. Later, Pete bought property in what is now Chino Hills and operated a dairy ranch for 20 years. In all he was in the dairy business for over 30 years. After selling the dairy, he went to work for O.H. Kruse Grain & Milling (now Western Milling) and worked another 37 years until mid 2014.
Pete served on the Board of Trustees for his church, Pomona First Baptist. He was a long-time member of the Christian Business Men’s Committee and the Gideons. Pete also served on the board of the Moscow Christian School of Psychology in Russia.
For many years, Pete was involved in prison ministry, visiting men in the Youth Authority and the California Institution for men. Over forty years ago, he and his wife founded Crossroads, a halfway house for women in Claremont.
Pete enjoyed traveling. He and Carol hiked in the National Parks, drove across the country with seven children in a motor home to Expo ’67 in Montreal, visited 26 countries and enjoyed time every year at their Maui condo.
In his later years, Pete enjoyed gardening at his Upland home.
Pete was appreciated for his wit and humor, his encouragement to others and his faithful prayers for family and friends.
He is survived by his wife Carol, his children Randy, Cheri and Jeffrey, 8 grandchildren and 13 great grand children. He is predeceased by his teenage son, Michael, his foster daughter, Kimberly and his great grandson Baby Brodie. He is also survived by four foster sons; Andre, John, Ben and Henry, their 8 children and 10 great grandchildren.
Memorial Service will be held Friday, January 8 at 10:00 A.M. at Purpose Church (Pomona First Baptist Church)601 N. Garey Ave., Pomona.
Published in Inland Valley Daily Bulletin on Jan. 7, 2016You can find the complete original obituary on this website.