August 1, 1950 -- February 1, 2019

Duane E. Bender, 68, of Middlebury, died at 6:15 pm on Friday, February 1, at
Goshen Health Hospital, Goshen after a brief illness. He was born on August
1, 1950 in Goshen to Omer and Barbara (Bontrager) Bender. Surviving are his
mother of Middlebury; three brothers, Dale (Wanda) Bender of Shipshewana,
Omer (Kristi) Bender of Knoxville, TN, Mark (Esther) Bender of Middlebury
and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his father
and a brother, John Bender. Duane had worked many years at Indiana Wood
Products, Middlebury. He enjoyed riding Harley Davidson motorcycles,
hunting, trapping and fishing. He also enjoyed riding his bicycle, which he
had done on almost a daily basis. The family will be holding a memorial
service at a later date. Burial will be in Clinton Union Cemetery, Goshen.

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My prayers and thoughts are with each in this experience. Sam Graber and
myself would meet Duane on the Pumpkin Vine Trail
on his bicycle.
Love, Leonard E. Miller
Duane E. Bender