Donald Lee Bender
October 24, 1936 ‒ April 22, 2017
Mount Vernon, Ohio
Donald Lee Bender, age 80, of Mount Vernon, OH, passed away on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at his residence surrounded by his loving family. He was born on October 24, 1936 in Holmes Co, to the late John and Hilda (Pepper) Bender.
Donald graduated from Hayesville High School in 1956, and joined the Army shortly after. He was very proud of serving his country. Donald loved raising and tending to his horses. He loved mushroom hunting, NASCAR, gardening, and especially loved his dogs.
He was a grocery store manager at many stores, and accomplished one of his goals by starting his own Distributing business. Donald helped his wife at numerous Methodist Churches, working on the sound systems.
He is survived by his loving wife, Sonja (Shoemaker) Bender; daughter, Alana Bender; son, Donald Todd Bender; a sister, Diane Bittinger; numerous nieces, nephews, a brother-in-law and 2 sisters-in-law.
Besides his parents, his is preceded in death by a brothers, John and Doyle Bender; sisters, Marjorie McKenna, Miriam Beattie, and Margaret Van Gilder.
The family would like to thank his friends and family for their love, support, and friendship throughout Donald’s life.
A Celebration of Life service will take place at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Hospice of Knox County; 17700 Coshocton Rd. Mount Vernon, OH, 43050.
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