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Dr. Joseph M. Bender II

January 10, 1921 January 7, 2015
Dr. Joseph M. Bender II
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Morton – Dr. Joseph M. Bender II, 93, of Morton, formerly of West Peoria, passed away at 9:10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, at his residence. Joseph was born on Jan. 10, 1921, in Toledo, Ohio, to Joseph Maurice and Mary Emily (Samsen) Bender. He married Mary Jeanne Bender on Nov. 10, 1950, in Grand Rapids, Mich. She preceded him in death on June 8, 1983. He was also preceded in death by an infant sister, Mary Emily Bender; and brother, Warren L. Bender. He is survived by his son, Joseph M. (Theresa) Bender III of Morton; his daughter, Sharon (Tom) Gollick of Boise, Idaho; as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Joseph was a World War II veteran and a member of American Legion Post #2. He worked as an executive for the Boy Scouts of America for 32 years. For the last 25 years, he has been an instructor and zone coordinator for the AARP Driver Safety Program. He was a member of United Presbyterian Church. A funeral service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, at United Presbyterian Church. Pastors Patricia Stetson-Warning and Stephen McKinney-Whitaker will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Cremation rites will be accorded following the service. Burial of ashes will be in Toledo Memorial Park in Sylvania, Ohio, at a later date. Wright & Salmon Mortuary is handling the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to United Presbyterian Church or the Boy Scouts of America. Tributes and condolences may be submitted to


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