Ralph E. Bender

February 09, 1950 ‒ September 14, 2017

Mount Gilead, Ohio

***Ralph’s tribute video will be posted shortly***

Ralph E. Bender, 67, of Mt. Gilead, passed away Thursday morning, September 14, 2017 at home surrounded by his loving family.

The son of Charles and Elizabeth (Sauer) Bender, Ralph was born February 9, 1950 in Mansfield.  He graduated from Ontario High School in 1968 where he played on the basketball and baseball teams.

Ralph served in the Navy and was honorably discharged July 28, 1975.  On September 4, 1970 he married Linda Miller of Bellville.

For 22 years, Ralph worked for Westinghouse.  He then retired from Whirlpool after working over 20 years.

Ralph appreciated nature and American history.  Family vacations were centered around national parks and civil war battle fields.  He enjoyed bird watching and attending air shows.

Strong in his faith, Ralph loved his family and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his loving wife, Linda Bender of Mt. Gilead: Matthew (Rebecca) Bender of Bucyrus, Ryan (Megan) Bender and Kimberly Bender both of Fredericktown; grandchildren Savannah, Isaiah, Alena, Madison, Nolan, Chase, and Zachieus; brothers Darrell (Rose) Bender and Kenneth (Pat) Bender all of Ontario.

His family will receive friends Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 11am-1pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where his funeral service will begin at 1pm.  Pastor Don Linn will officiate and burial will follow in Oak Grove Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions to the Scleroderma Foundation, Ohio Chapter may be made through the funeral home.

Online condolences to the family may be made by visiting:SnyderFuneralHomes.com


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  • Linda and Family,We are so sorry about Ralph. He was such a kind person and we will miss him. We are praying for Gods comfort and hope you can feel our prayers for you.

  • Linda. and family, So sorry to hear of Ralph’s passing! May God comfort you during this difficult time.

  • I am so sorry for your loss. May the words of our loving heavenly Father bring your family comfort and strength during this most difficult time as He promises to bring our loved ones back to life in a perfect world where there will be no more suffering or death (John 5:28-29 & Revelation 21:4).

  • Sending deepest sympathy to you and family, Linda. Such a hard thing to go through. Keeping each of you in thought and prayer.

  • I am so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort and peace through this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.