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Harold Ray Bender
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Birth: Aug. 29, 1928
Death: Jun. 23, 2008

Harold Ray Bender was born August 29, 1928 in rural Johnson County, Iowa the son of Daniel and Maude (Swartzendruber) Bender. His father died when he was an infant and his mother married John W. Gingerich. He attended the Iowa Mennonite High School. On April 17, 1949 he was united in marriage to Ila Hochstetler at the East Union Mennonite Church. He has lived in the Wellman and Kalona communities all of his life where farmed until 1989 and then hauled livestock for many area farmers. He was a member of the Lower Deer Creek Mennonite Church where he served on the Board of Elders, and was Sunday School Superintendent and teacher. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, fishing, puzzles, whistling and sports. Harold died on Monday, June 23, 2008 at the Pleasantview Home in Kalona of cancer at the age of 79. Harold is survived by his wife Ila of Kalona;6 children - Nancy Gehman and husband Glen of Silver Spring, Maryland; Ronald Bender and wife Lorene of Wellman; John Bender and wife Marilyn of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Ileen Miller and husband Elmer of Kalona; David Bender and wife Kathy of Sarasota, Florida; Rose Bender of Johnstown, Pennsylvania; 12 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; and 2 half sisters - Beulah Miller and Marianna Miller of Kalona. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Daniel E. Bender.
Family links: 
  Daniel Christian Bender (1901 - 1929)
  Maude Edna Swartzendruber Gingerich (1906 - 1991)
  Ila Maryann Hochstetler Bender (1926 - 2017)*
  John Paul Bender (1954 - 2016)*
  Harold Ray Bender (1928 - 2008)
  Daniel Edward Bender (1929 - 1999)*
*Calculated relationship
Lower Deer Creek Cemetery
Johnson County
Iowa, USA
Created by: Tom Crago
Record added: Aug 04, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 28771449
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- Gerhardt Leffler
 Added: May. 3, 2009

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