Mr. Bender retired from Stag Brewery in Belleville, IL, as an accountant. He was a member of the Brewery Workers & Teamsters Local and the Stag Alumni Club. Ed had also been a member of the Southside Improvement Association, Turkey Hill Grange, and the St. Clair County Anglers Club. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserves.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Patricia J., nee Bader, Bender, whom he married on April 29, 1954, and who died on July 17, 2008; and his parents, Christian E. and Malinda, nee Sutter, Bender.
Surviving are his daughter and son-in-law, Janette M. and Conrad Jakobs of Columbia, IL;
two sisters, Judith Badger of Millstadt, IL,
and Diane (Tim) Prost of Fairview Heights, IL;
two nieces, Valerie (Joel) Vickery and Barbara Penn;
great-nieces and great-nephews;
and numerous cousins.
Memorials may be made to the Belleville Area Humane Society. Condolences may be expressed online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, February 9, 2015, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.
Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, February 10, 2015, at the funeral home with Rev. Doug Stewart officiating. Burial will follow at Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville, IL.
To Ed’s Family,
You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Bill Kluge and Family
William Kluge, Belleville , IL, 62221