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He was born in Sharon on Sept. 4, 1925, a son of Frederick A. and Elizabeth (Clark) Bender.
Fred was a 1943 alumni of Sharon High School, and following graduation went on to serve in the Army Air Corps with the 398th Bomber Squadron as an aerial gunner during World War II. He received his honorable discharge on Aug. 14, 1946 as well as the American Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, and the Distinguished Service Medal.
Fred worked as a clerk for the former Standard Slag Co. for 39 years following the company from Sharpsville to Canfield, Ohio, where it would become known as Lafarge.
He was a lifetime member of Shenango Valley V.F.W. Post 1338 in Sharon, had a passion for gardening and woodworking, and was an avid Steelers fan. He also enjoyed working crossword puzzles, billiards, ping-pong, and playing "cut throat croquet" at family gatherings.
He leaves behind: his children, Jon F. Bender and his wife, Toni of Hermitage, James M. Bender of Montrose, Colo., Betsy A. Bender of Sharon, and Janice L. Farmakis and her husband, A.J. of Hermitage; eight grandchildren, Jon M. Bender and his wife, Neely, Daniel P. Bender and his wife Amy, Nicholas A. Bender and his wife, Alexis, Tricia Bender, Christina Murray and her husband Jon, April Plummer, Jacob Soles, and Anna Farmakis; nine great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by: his wife of 54 years, the former Helen Wolansky on Dec. 5, 2010; his sister, Doris Owens; and brother, Donald Bender.
Contributions in his honor may be made to either Sharon Regional Hospice, the Salvation Army, or the ASPCA.
Frederick A. Jr., 93, of Hermitage.
Service: Private on Wednesday (10-10-18) at SAMPLE-O'DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, 555 E. State St. Sharon, with the Rev. Stacie Pitts, chaplain of Sharon Regional Hospice, officiating. Friends and family may view the obituary and send condolences at www.sampleodonnellfh.com.
Burial will follow next to his wife at Oakwood Cemetery.
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