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Raymond Bender

Raymond R. Bender, 79, of Antwerp, died Saturday, December 12, 2009 at Convoy Care Center.

He was born to the late Helen (Knapp) and Herbert Bender on April 15, 1930 in Fort Wayne and moved with his parents to Antwerp in 1933. Because his mother's ancestors (the Major family) had settled in Antwerp before Dec. 31, 1880, he qualified and was a member of the First Families of Paulding County, part of the Paulding County chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society.

Ray was a retired owner of Bender's Garage on Ohio 49 just south of Antwerp. He also had been employed by U.S. Rubber, C&Y Oil Co. and the Antwerp Local School District. He also was a member of the Masons for more than 50 years. Raymond was an avid reader, particularly interested in regional and U.S. history. He had graduated from Antwerp High School in 1948. In the 1950s, Raymond served for nine years in the U.S. Army Reserves, rising to the rank of master sergeant. As a youth, he had been a member of Boy Scouts of America, Troop 143, and he later served as its scoutmaster.

On Dec 13, 1952, Raymond married Martha Townsend, who survives. He will be sadly msssed by his wife, Martha; daughter, Alice of Paulding; a son and daughter-in-law, Alex and Beth of Reynoldsburg, Ohio; and two grandchildren, Andrea and Collin Bender, also of Reynoldsburg.

Services and masonic rites are at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, Wednesday, 1 pm. Rev. Don Leckrone will officiate. Viewing is one hour prior to his service.

Preferred memorials are to the Paulding County Visiting Nurses or the activity fund at Vancrest Convoy Care Center.

Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

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Martha, Alice and Family-

I extend my sympathy to you and yours.

Joan Mapes Dec 17 2009 12:00 AM

To the Bender Family, May each of you find comfort in knowing that God is "near to those that are broken at heart; and those who are crushed in spirit he saves." (Psalm 34;18) He has promised to soon "swallow up death forever...and wipe the tears from all faces." (Isaiah 25;8) Take care,

valerie thompson Dec 17 2009 12:00 AM

Martha and Family, you have my deepest sympathy. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Janice Miller Dec 16 2009 12:00 AM

Our deepest sympathy to you and your family at this difficult time. May peace fill your hearts and memories ease your loss.

Jim & Beth

Jim & Beth Coughlin Dec 15 2009 12:00 AM

My deepest sympathy goes out to Martha, Alice, Alex and Beth. I had met Ray several years ago through Alex and knew him as a great man. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Ken Fast & Family Dec 15 2009 12:00 AM

We love you and hope you accept our sympathies. Tara, Bryan, and Brayden Fuentes.

Tara (Seslar) Fuentes Dec 14 2009 12:00 AM

Dear Martha and family,
We are sorry to hear of Raymonds passing. It is especially hard for everyone during the holidays.Just knows that you are in our prayers and God will get you through the days to come.

Beth & Bud Champion Dec 14 2009 12:00 AM

My deepest sympathy to Martha, Alex and Alice. I have very fond memories of Raymond. I loved when my Grandparents and I would ride our bikes out to their house when they had the station and later when they moved to the new addition. Raymond got the biggest kick out of my sister and I discovering Poison Ivy, in his front yard. He always had a great story to tell (like my grandfather!). He will be missed.

Holly Seslar Dec 14 2009 12:00 AM

We are so sorry Alice and Family

Jaci and Dan

jaci underwood Dec 14 2009 12:00 AM

Martha and family, So sorry to read of your loss... Always looked forward to my day at your house ...great conversations and laughs.Thinking of you. Sherry

Sherry Pfeiffer Dec 13 2009 12:00 AM

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