Robert "Bob" G. Bender

Born: Thu., Feb. 20, 1930
Died: Tue., Sep. 15, 2015


7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Fri., Sep. 18, 2015
Location: Guss Funeral Home, Inc.

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., Sep. 19, 2015
Location: Guss Funeral Home, Inc.


Sat., Sep. 19, 2015
Location: Westminster Presbyterian Cemetery

Funeral luncheon

Sat., Sep. 19, 2015
Location: A New Beginning Community Church

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     Robert G. "Bob" Bender, 85, of Mifflintown, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

     Born Feb. 20, 1930, in Mifflintown, he was a son of the late Glenn H. and Della E. (Palm ) Bender.

     He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Annabelle "Ann" C. Bender, whom he married Feb. 12, 1955; four children, Robert G. Bender, Jr. and wife, Wanda, of Lewistown, Deborah K. Bender of Mifflintown, Ronald L. Bender of Port Royal, and David E. Bender of Harrisburg; three grandchildren, Alan Bender, Tosha Bender and Alicia Bender, and two great-grandchildren, Jace Bender and Wyatt Fickes.

     He was preceded in death by an infant son, one grandson, Ryan G. Bender, and two sisters, Doris A. Bender and Betty L. Finnicum.

     Bob was a veteran of the U.S. Army who served in the 101st Airborne Division during the Korean War.

     He worked for the Juniata County School District as a custodian for 14 years.

     Formerly active with the Aldersgate United Methodist Church and the Wesley Sunday school class, he was currently attending A New Beginning Church. He was a member of the Mifflintown American Legion and the Four Seasons Senior Center. He was a former member of the Juniata Co. Veterans Council.

     He managed and coached Little League Baseball for 10 years and was the president of Little League for 15 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and tinkering around the house.

     His funeral will be at  11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19, at Guss Funeral Home, Inc., 20 S. Third St., Mifflintown with Rev. Frank Swartz, officiating. Interment will be in the Westminster Presbyterian Cemetery, Mifflintown, where full military honors will be accorded by the Juniata County Veterans Council.

     There will be a viewing from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

     For those who desire, memorial contributions may be made to A New Beginning Church, 2118 Spruce Hill Road, Port Royal, PA 17082, or to the Four Seasons Senior Center, 47 CJEMS Lane, Mifflintown, PA 17059.

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Charitable donations may be made in Robert "Bob"'s memory to the following organization:

A New Beginning Community Church
2118 Spruce Hill Road, Port Royal, PA 17082

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Kathy & Kevin Wetzel
   Posted Tue September 15, 2015
A person that departs from this earth never truly leaves, for they are still alive in our hearts and minds, through us, they live on.
Please accept my families' condolences, he will not be forgotten.

Sally Switzer
   Posted Thu September 17, 2015
My most sincere and deepest sympathies go out to your family. Take comfort in the many great memories that you all have which will never go away. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

George K. Criswell
   Posted Thu September 17, 2015
Wilma M. Dietz and I express our deepest sympathy to Ann and all the family. We will miss all the laughs we had with Bob at the various functions that we attended at the same time. I always kidded Bob that he tried to lead me astray when we lived across the street from each other as teens.. We will miss his laugh.