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Howard Albert Bender Jr.

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Bender, Jr. Col. Howard Albert Bender, Jr., born in Portsmouth, OH, February 6, 1934, passed away at the age of 83 on June 19, 2017 due to complications of Parkinson's disease. The Colonel was loved by many; he never met a stranger and wasn't shy to talk about the Army, the Ohio State Buckeyes, his SigEp fraternity, and sports. Howard grew up in Portsmouth, Ohio, and later attended The Ohio State University and graduated from the ROTC program in 1955 with a degree in Industrial Engineering. From 1956 -1996, he served our country in the US Army and reserves and retired at the rank of Colonel with many years in military training and leadership. He served 2 years on active duty and then joined the Ohio National Guard as a tank platoon leader. In 1960, he joined the 7th Battalion 68th Armor, 83d Infantry Division in the Army reserve. In 1962, he moved to the 83rd Infantry Division, then later in the 1970s commanded the 8th Battalion 40th Armor in Fort Huachuca, AZ. He was worldly traveled and retired after 32 years of service and always enjoyed sharing his many memories of time in the service, commanding armor, and many military stories. His civilian career was mostly spent as a manufacturing production engineer in California and Arizona working on defense projects and then later in Michigan and Florida in automotive and medical products. After retirement, he split his time between his Bradenton and Columbus, OH, homes. He enjoyed life to its fullest, playing golf, going on cruises, and travelling to see his family and friends. Howard is survived by his companion in life, Shirley Festa, having shared over 17 wonderful years together. His three children, Scott Bender, Sarah Bender, and Howard (Rocky) Bender III, as well as their children and grandchildren. Howard was also fortunate to have the love of Shirley's son, Phillip Festa, daughter, Paula (Festa) and son-in-law, Richard Daedelow, and their children and grandchildren. He was truly and deeply cherished by all. A memorial service will be held on June 26, at Sarasota National Cemetery, FL with final internment in Portsmouth, OH at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to Parkinson's disease research. Arrangements by All VETERS-ALL FAMILIES FUNERALS & CREMATIONS, (941) 377-1060.

Published in The Columbus Dispatch on June 24, 2017
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