KARL G. BENDER, 60 BELVIDERE - Karl G. Bender, 60, of Belvidere passed away Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, at his home. Born Dec. 28, 1951, in Harvard, the son of Clifton and Beatrice (Overton) Bender. Graduated from Belvidere High School. Karl was an assemblyman for Sundstrand Corp., before retiring in 2004. He married Melissa Fildes in 2006, in Belvidere. He was a union member at Sundstrand, and a member of Fraternal Order of Eagles 3414 in Belvidere. He enjoyed camping and fishing and was an avid Bears fan. Survivors include his wife, Melissa; father, Clifton; son, Shaun Bender; stepsons, Josh Motler and Josh Fildes; daughters, Becky Hirth and Lisa Hirth; stepdaughter, Morgyn Fildes; grandchildren, Zachary, Natalie, Cassandra, Macie and Raidyn; brothers, Neil (Susie) Bender, Alan Bender and Brian Bender; sisters, Carol (John) Harmon, Mary (Terry) Taylor and Kathy (Jerry) Devine. Predeceased by his mother; sister, Denise; and a nephew and grandson. Service at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, in Belvidere Funeral Home, with visitation from noon to time of service. Interment in Garden Prairie Cemetery.
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Published in Rockford Register Star from Feb. 10 to Feb. 11, 2012