Obit: Bender, Henry (1871 - 1933)

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----Sources: COLBY PHONOGRAPH (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) 08/10/1933

Bender, Henry (28 Jan. 1871 - 2 Aug. 1933)

Henry Bender, father of Harry Bender, principal of the Colby, Wis. High school, suffered an apoplectic stroke Wednesday morning, August second, and passed on to eternal rest on Sunday morning, August 6th, 1933, having reached the age of eighty-four years, six months and nine days. Short funeral services were held at the F. W. Lulloff funeral parlors Tuesday afternoon at 3:00 o’clock and regular services were held at Viola. Rev. S. E. Bushendorf of Colby officiated at Colby and Rev. Bailey at Viola where internment was made in the family lot. F. W. Lulloff, funeral director, autoed the remains to Viola.

Mr. Henry Bender was born in Somerset county, Pennslyvania, January 28th, 1849. When he was five years of age his parents, William H. and Mary Bender, moved to Wisconsin and settled on a pioneer farm in the midst of the virgin forest of the town of Forest, Richland county. He was reared on the home farm and upon reaching manhood became a pioneer farmer in the same township. February 22, 1871, he was united in marriage to Miss Rachel Taylor of Viola. His wife died fourteen years later leaving no children. April 22, 1886, Mr. Bender married Miss Belle Kintz, also a resident of Richland county. To this union five children were born. The mother died in 1907.

Mr. Bender continued to be actively and successfully engaged in farming until 1909, when, at the age of sixty, he retired and moved to Viola, Wisconsin, where he lived for about three years. Previous to retiring from the farm, Mr. Bender was married to a widow, Mrs. Blount, of Evansville, Wisconsin. He moved to Evansville about 1912 where he made his home for about eighteen years. After the death of his wife he went to Colby, Wisconsin, to live with his son, Harry. Here he passed the remaining five years of his life.

Mr. Bender was an active member of the United Brethren church most of his life. A Christian man, a kind father, a good neighbor, he was loved and respected by all who knew him. He leaves to mourn his loss one brother, Ephraim of Viola; four children: Clarence of Hammond, Indiana; Harry of Colby, Wisconsin; Mrs. Code Kanable of Boaz, Wisconsin; and George of Athens, Wis.; and ten grandchildren.



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