Howard R. Bence
1933 - 2021
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Howard R. Bence

Born: May 16, 1933; Dover

Died: January 3, 2021; Peru

PRINCETON – Howard R. Bence, 87, of Princeton, formerly of Ladd, passed away January 3, 2021 at Manor Court in Peru with his wife at his side.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Walnut Community Bible Church in Walnut, with Pastor Eldon Cook officiating. The service will be live streamed via the Walnut Community Bible Church Facebook page for those unable to attend. Those attending are required to wear masks .The Hurst Funeral Home in Ladd is assisting the family with arrangements.

Mr. Bence was born in Dover on May 16, 1933 to Howard and Elizabeth (Stevens) Bence. He served with the United States Army stationed in France during the Korean Conflict with a MASH unit from 1953 to 1955. In 1952, he met Diane Whitaker at the Les-Buzz Ballroom, and then they married in 1956. He worked Bakelite in Ottawa, and retired in 1999 at ESK in Hennepin. He then worked at Bailey's Goldrush in Peru.

Mr. Bence enjoyed working, making the bags game Corn Hole, going camping, and traveling to Nashville with friends to listen to bluegrass music.He also enjoyed discussing his favorite president, Harry S. Truman.

Mr. Bence is survived by his wife, Diane of Peru; one son, Peter (Shari) Bence of Princeton; seven grandchildren, Nicole Bence, Jeremy Bence, Kayla (Russell) Mantooth, Christopher (Suzanne) Bence, Curtis (Rosa)Bence, Ashleigh (Roosevelt) Fenelus, and Zachary (Eileen) Bence; several great-grandchildren; two sisters, Barbara Harris of Amboy and Mary Sissel of Princeton; and one sister-in-law, Mary Bence of Granville.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; one son, Howard "Howie" Bence; one brother, Robert Bence; four brothers-in-law, OliverHarris, Ronald Greening, Dale Sissel, and Richard Whitaker; and one sister-in-law, Sandra Whitaker Greening.

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Published in News Tribune on Jan. 6, 2021.
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January 9, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person.
My favorite memory of him with his pipe I always loved the smell of his tobacco. Aunt Diane hugs to you and Peter love you forever
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