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Richard John Bender

Sultan, Washington

Jan 22, 1945 – Nov 11, 2017 (Age 72)


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Purdy & Kerr with Dawson Funeral Home Obituary

Richard John Bender, former teacher in the Seattle school district, died suddenly on November 11th, 2017 at the age of 72. He is survived by his wife Nancy Bender, step-children Steve and wife Tina, and Jeff. As well as his siblings Kathy and Chuck Oxford, Lee and Grant Bender. He is also...

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Mr. Bender (always Mr. Bender) was a fellow teacher at Franklin H. S. He was funny, dedicated and hard-working - a pleasure to know. He also taught my son math - my son said he was the best math teacher he ever had - he was strict but helpful, making the students feel confident in their skills. I will always think of Mr. Bender with a smile.
My condolences to his family.

Richard you were a true friend, we will miss our time together.

I also had the pleasure of having Mr Bender as my math teacher at Franklin HS in the 80s. He made such an impact on me, I always wanted to track him down so I could let him know what he meant to me. He was gruff on the outside but a total teddy bear and really cared about his students. He will be missed! Condolences to his family.

Richard you will be missed. Such a wonderful friend and neighbor. Boomer and Annette

Mr. Bender,

I had the pleasure of having you as a substitute and working alongside you in the classroom. You were one of the kindest guys I ever met. Thank you for your service over the years as you have touched the lives of hundreds of people in a positive way.

Mr. Bender,

You have made a positive impact in my life during the three years that I was in your class, you are always in my heart.

Class of 1989