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Bender, M.D., Robert M. Robert Michael Bender, known to most as Bob, and to others as Dr. B, passed away on June 10, 2012, at the age of 68, surrounded by his loving family at his home in Celina, Texas. Bob was born in Chicago, Illinois on May 5, 1944. His life was a tapestry of achievement, humor and love for people. Bob attended the Medical College of Wisconsin, formerly Marquette University, and did his internship and residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver. Bob married Nancy Jean Morin in 1966 and they had Robert Michael Jr. and Bonnie Jean. He served as a Major in the Air Force while working at the military hospital in Clovis, New Mexico. After his discharge from the Air Force, Bob joined his first medical practice in Alamogordo, New Mexico. Bob married Becky Barnett and moved to Plano, Texas in 1981, where he was welcomed into the active OB/GYN practice of Dr. Reiman and Dr. Rovner. Bob served as the Chief of Staff for Medical Center of Plano and was active in his community. He served on the Building Committee which directed the construction of Custer Road United Methodist Church of Plano. Dr. B enjoyed the last few years of his career practicing Gynecology exclusively. It was in these years that his patients became special friends. Upon retiring from medicine in 2009, Bob pursued woodworking, beekeeping and time with family, friends and especially grandchildren. He served as the President of the Collin County Hobby Beekeepers Association from 2011 to 2012. Bob is survived by his wife, Becky Bender; his two children, Bonnie Jean Snody and her husband, Larry Snody; his son, Robert Michael Bender, Jr. and his wife, Lori Bender; five beloved grandchildren, Cole Snody, Morgan Snody, Trenton Snody, Kyle Bender and Katie Bender and by his children's half-sister, Sarah Lewis. He is also survived by his sister, Janet (Jann) Bonnema and his brother, Richard (Dick) Bender and his wife, Chris; sister-in-law, Rose Marie Bender; nine nieces and nephews; father-in-law, Frank Barnett and his wife, Pat and mother-in-law, Arlene Miller Johnson. Bob is preceded in death by his mother, Frances Stelmach Bender; his father, Atwood Gerald Bender; his brother, Berwyn Bender; brother-in-law, Cal Bonnema and the mother of his children, Nancy Jean Lewis. A Memorial Celebration of Bob's life will be held at First United Methodist Church of Celina on Saturday, June 23, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. Donations may be made in Bob's honor to First United Methodist Church of Celina at www.celinafumc.org or mailed to FUMC of Celina, PO Box 306, Celina, TX 75009 or to Doctors Without Borders at www.doctorswithoutborders.com.

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Published in Dallas Morning News on June 17, 2012
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