Paul Pender

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Paul S. Pender

East Lansing

Paul S. Pender departed this world on March 7, 2014.

He was a long-term resident of East Lansing, and has resided at Burcham Hills Retirement community in recent years.

Paul was born April 10, 1924 in southern Illinois and studied at the University of Cincinnati and the University of Missouri- School of Engineering.  He worked as a mechanical engineer for Dow Chemical and several architectural firms.  He was an active Mason and member of the High Twelve Club. In past years he took a keen interest in current events and was a frequent contributor to the "Letters to the Editor" column of the Lansing State Journal, sometimes humorously.  He was a member of the All Saints Episcopal Church.

Paul entered the US Army in 1942, trained as a combat medic, and was decorated with two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart; an unusual achievement for a non-combatant. 

The Pender family has deep roots in eastern NC.  Paul's great grandfather- Josiah S. Pender (1819 -1864) had a varied military career leading into the Civil War, with the capture for the Confederacy of Ft. Macon in Atlantic Beach, NC.  His band of men, the Beaufort Harbor Guard, took the fort on April 14, 1861.  Later Josiah became a successful blockade runner with a colorful history. Paul's own father, Paul Pender II, was a successful electrical engineer, and made his own mark in civic involvement.   Paul had done extensive research on the Pender family, and that resulted in a book, Pender Roots, published in 1997. 

His wife, the former Evelyn Hill, died in 2001. He was a close friend of many members of the Hill family.

He is survived by a brother, John H. Pender of Matthews, NC., and a nephew David Pender of Appleton, Wisconsin.

Interment will be at Evergreen Cemetery.  Plans for a memorial service will be announced later.  Friends may sign the online guestbook at www.palmerbush.com

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Published in Lansing State Journal on Mar. 9, 2014
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