John Robert Bender

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MANITO - John Robert "Bob" Bender, 64, of Manito passed away at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, at his home.

He was born Sept. 5, 1949, in Pekin, Ill., to F.E. "Fritz" and Hazel (Waldon) Bender.

Mr. Bender is survived by three sons, Scott (Kim) Bender of Manito, Ill., Matt (Nikki) Bender of Bartonville and Andrew Bender of Peoria; daughter, Jenn Bender of Peoria; and nine grandchildren, Chase, Connor, Nick, Allie, Ian, Nathan, Joseph, Alex and Alaina Bender. Also surviving are three sisters, Joy Bender of Lake of the Ozarks, Mo., Bonnie Urish of Osage Beach, Mo., and LaDonne Snavely of Farmington, Mo.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Mr. Bender was a member of Carpenter's Local 644 in Pekin for many years.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Maas-Hurley Funeral Home in Manito. Visitation will start at 9:30 and continue until the time of services. Burial will follow the services in Meadowlawn Cemetery in Manito. Father David Whiteside will officiate.

Online memorial messages may be left for the family at

Maas-Hurley Funeral Home in Manito is in charge of arrangements.

Published in Peoria Journal Star on Nov. 27, 2013
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