George Robert Fender Sr., 91, of Roanoke, passed away on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. He was born on February 23, 1922, in a little river town called New Boston, Ill., located right along the Mississippi River. He was a son of the late Milo Fender and Manda Fender. In addition to his parents, Mr. Fender was preceded in passing by his wife of nearly 50 years, Lorraine C. Fender, in 2009. Mr. Fender was a member of the Bonsack United Methodist Church. Mr. Fender was also an active bowler in the Senior Bowling leagues who cherished and enjoyed his opportunities to bowl several times each week.
Surviving are three children, George R. Fender Jr., of Roanoke, Deborah L. Kloft of Bolingbrook, Ill., and Wayne D. Fender, of Reno, Nev.; two grandchildren, Marla A. Carrier, of Caldwell, Idaho, student Devry University, and Melissa L. Kloft, of Bolingbrook, Ill., student DeVry University.
George R. Fender Sr. was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who loved life and doing for others with a giving servant's heart.
The Greatest Generation: Dad joined the United States Navy
on September 18, 1940, and for the next 26 and one half years, proudly served our great nation, sacrificed much, as was common of that generation, and made many friends along the way. He retired from the U.S. Navy May 1, 1967. He then went on and enjoyed a 13 year career with heavy construction equipment company, Fiat-Allis / Allis Chalmers as senior parts buyer. Dad was a complete self-starter, moderate and temperate of habit, even tempered with a positive and humorous way of seeing things and life. Dad really liked going bowling, knocking those pins down and laughing and joking with his friends at the bowling alley. George R. Fender Sr. "Dad" will be greatly missed! He is in Heaven now with the angels!
The immediate family would like to thank the many friends and family for their prayers and visits and kind regards.
Memorial services will be held at Bonsack United Methodist Church at 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 8, 2013, with family receiving friends from 5 p.m. to service time. The Rev. Tim Tate will officiate. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, it is suggested to go bowl a couple games and think of George Sr. and the wonderful memories he has given us all. Arrangements by Lotz Funeral Home, Vinton Chapel, 540-343-4986.