October 17, 1936 -- July 25, 2013
Mervin T. Bender, 76, of Middlebury, died at 3:55 am on Thursday, July 25, at
IU Health Goshen Hospital, Goshen from complications of an aneurism. He
was born on October 17, 1936 in Middlebury, to Cephas and Fannie (Troyer)
Bender. On June 6, 1959 in Middlebury he married Virginia "Ginger" Patton,
she survives. Survivors in addition to his wife are a daughter, Linda (Dave)
Hamilton of Middlebury; two sons, Randy Bender of Middlebury, Larry
Bender of Goshen; two grandchildren, Ashley Hamilton and Austin Bender;
a sister, Marlene (Robert) Pletcher of Middlebury; a brother, Gene Bender of
Middlebury. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Clifford
Bender, sister, Ida Ellen Miller and an infant sister. He worked as a salesman
in the gas industry working many years at EZ Gas and later was a salesman
in the RV industry. Mervin was a sports enthusiast especially following IU
and the Cubs. He played and coached fast pitch softball for many years and
is in the Goshen Softball Hall of Fame. Visitation will be from 2:00 - 6:00 pm
on Saturday July 27, at Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, 1003 South Main Street
Middlebury. Funeral services will be at 1:30 pm on Sunday July 28, at First
Mennonite Church, Middlebury. Burial will be in Grace Lawn Cemetery,
Middlebury. Memorials may be given to the Macular Degeneration Research
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Current Online Condolences
Randy I am so sorry to hear about your father, I met him when I started at
Ziggity Systems almost 6 years ago now, he was driving our van at the time, I
always enjoyed talking with him. I am very sorry to say I will be in MN all
weekend and will not be able to make it to the visitation. My thoughts &
prayers are with you and your family.
From: Sharon (Miller) Brown class of 1978
Brother Gene and Family...Sure sorry to hear of Merv's passing. He, Cliff and
Gene and I played a lot of softball together. So many good times. Merv was
always a first class guy who I liked and respected. Bob Conrad in Naples, Fl
Ginger.. I am not sure if you remember me, I was your Mom's brother Harold
daughter.. I was just thinking about you and Sally yesterday for some
reason.. anyways my heart and prayers go out to you
From: Cheri Mullins
I am so sorry Austin and Randy. I grew up watching your Dad and
Grandfather playing softball as I grew up only two blocks from Shanklin
park. Then through golf I`ve gotten to know the two of you. My prayers are
with you and your family in this time of need.
From: "The Heet"
A lot of good memories with this guy. Played softball with Ashley for many
years and you would always see Merv in the crowd....and a lot of times, I
would get him mixed up with my grandpa because they looked so much
alike! Great guy with a wonderful family.
From: Coop #22
We are so sorry for the loss of your husband & father. Spazz, Larry
(Ace)sends his condolences to you & yours. Your Dad was always a kind
From: Larry (Ace) Baughman
Randy, Linda & Dave,so sorry to learn of the loss of your dad, Merv. Always
a joy to talk with at the golf course. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
From: Jim & Rosie Hamilton
Prayers going out to the family and Gene and Marlene, I remember so well
Mervin coming to the house to see my brother Slim when we were all much
younger. Our parents were friends as well. Please know you are all in my
thoughts and prayers.
Aunt Ginger, Randy, Linda, And Larry,
We just heard the news of Uncle Merv. Lots of great memories from when
we were younger. We will be thinking of all of you.
From: Levi & Judy Vail