Roger L. Bender, 76, of 32 W. Fairmount Ave., Lakewood, N.Y., passed away unexpectedly at 8:25 a.m. Thursday (Aug. 1, 2013), in his home.
He was born July 27, 1937, in Cleveland, Ohio, a son of the late George and Lois Timmerman Bender.
He was a 1956 graduate of Jamestown High School, and was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps serving from Dec. 1, 1956, to Nov. 30, 1959.
Before his retirement, he had owned and operated Bender Realty for more than 25 years. During his professional career he served as president of the Greater Jamestown Board of Realtors and was vice president during the con-struction of the Board of Realtors office building on West Sixth Street in 1988.
He attended the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, and was a member of the Lakewood Rod & Gun Club, the Celoron Moose Lodge, and was a former member of the Lakewood Memorial Post 1286 American Legion.
Roger loved to spend time on Chautauqua Lake boating and muskie fishing with his family and friends. He also enjoyed his many fishing trips to Canada, his trip to Cave Run Lake in Kentucky, and Lake St. Clair in Michigan. He also loved to tell stories of his time spent in the Marine Corps, and of his years playing football for Jamestown High School.
Surviving are his wife, the former Carol L. Eck-lund, whom he married Sept. 23, 1977; a son, Christopher L. Bender of San Diego, Calif.; two step-children: Michael (Michele) Sperry and Kristin (Mike) Yuchnitz, both of Ashville, N.Y.; two grandchildren: Skylar Gordon and Don Glasco both of Arizona; five step grandchildren: Jack and Emilee Sperry, Michael, Pa-trick and, Karianne Yuchnitz, all of Ashville.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Yvette Bender; and a sister, Joanne Martin Weilacher.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Lind Funeral Home. The Rev. Timothy Hoyer, pastor of the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, will officiate. Buri-al will be in the Lake View Cemetery.
Friends will be received from 5-7 p.m. Monday and for one hour prior to the service on Tuesday in the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church Building Fund, 35 W. Fairmount Ave., Lakewood, NY 14750 or to the Chautauqua County Humane Society, 2825 Strunk Road, Jamestown, NY 14701.
You may light a candle in remembrance of Roger at www.lindfuneralhome.com.