Robert J. Bender
He was employed as a foreman at the Dowcraft Corp.
A resident of Jamestown since 1946, he served in the U.S. army in World War II and was stationed for four years at Ft. Shafter, Hawaii, where he played left field on the baseball team. Following his discharge from the Army, he played baseball for the former Steel Partition Bombers. Mr. Bender managed the Mt. Moriah and Super Duper baseball teams in the Little League and Babe Ruth League.
He was born in St. Augustine Township, Pa., June 14, 1917, the son of Charles and Mary Nagle Bender.
He was a communicant of SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church and its Holy Name Society. Other memberships include John W. Tiffany Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars; Old Timers Baseball; and was affiliated for many years in the Boy Scout program.
He and his wife, the former Harriet O’Dell, were married October 12, 1946.
Surviving are his wife; a son Greg D. Bender; three daughters, Mary-Ann, Jodell and Janine Bender, all of Jamestown; three brothers, Kenneth Bender, Loretto, Pa., George Bender, Ashville, Pa., and Leonard Bender, Fallen Timber, Pa.; three sisters, Mrs. Aileen Noel, Mrs. Kressie Noel, both of Fallen Timber, Pa., and Mrs. Olive Frye, New Cumberland, Pa.; several uncles and aunts, including Arthur Joseph Nagle, Jamestown. A brother, Joseph A. Bender, died July 17, 1968.
A Requiem Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday in SS. Peter & Paul Church. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. today and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the Lind Funeral Home, where the Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
The additional financial assistance of the community is critical to the success of the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame.
We gratefully acknowledge these individuals and organizations for their generous support.