In loving memory of

Earl E. Bender
September 14, 1933 - April 10, 2021

Earl E. Bender
Canton - Earl E. Bender, 87, of Canton, passed away, Saturday, April 10, 2021, at his home in Canton, surrounded by his family and loved ones.
He was born on September 14, 1933, to Earl W. Bender and Leatha (Standard). They preceded him in death.
Earl is survived by his wife, Susan (DelRio) Bender, whom he married on August 7, 1954, in Cuero, Texas.
Also surviving are five children, Earl "Buzzy" (the late Sandy) Bender of Canton, Billy "Dode" (Julie) Bender of Franklin Tennessee, Thomas "Toby" Bender of O'Fallon Missouri, Barbara "Missy" (Ed) Davis of Canton, and Carol "Mendy" (Douglas) Kepler of Peoria, Arizona. Ten grandchildren, Jeremy, Jared, Jacob, Jacey, Jessica, Joshua, Emily, Erika, Abbey, and Montana, and eight great grandchildren, Ethan, Alyssa, Avery, Trystin, Kelsey. Landin, Tatum, and Madison.
Also preceding him in death are two brothers, Mearl Bender, and Billy Bender, and two sisters Betty Laswell and Ollie Jean Bender.
Earl retired from Maytag after 24 years. He was a Veteran of the United States Air Force serving in the Korean War from 1952 until 1956. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling, and playing cards. Earl loved to watch baseball, especially the Chicago Cubs, and the Fighting Irish Football Team. He also enjoyed going to Vegas, dancing, and traveling with his wife Sue. Most of all he loved to spend time with his family.
A funeral service will be held on Friday April 16, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Canton. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.
Burial with military honors will be held at White Chapel Memory Gardens in Canton.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital or to Easter Seals.
To leave online condolences, please visit


Sharon (Nebergall) Bosserman wrote on Apr 30, 2021:

"Sue, I was so sad for you when I read of Earl's passing. My prayers are for you and your family for comfort and peace. Keep those good memories close to your heart! Hugs!!!"

Cheryl Lennington wrote on Apr 15, 2021:

"So sorry for your loss. You all are in our thoughts. Cheryl and Tyler Lennington "

Don and Tammy wrote on Apr 15, 2021:

"To the Family and his wonderful wife Sue, he allowed us to call him Dad and he will be missed greatly by us both."

Gladys May wrote on Apr 14, 2021:

"So sorry for your loss. You will be in my prayers and thoughts."

Karen (Roudebush)Johnson wrote on Apr 13, 2021:

"Missy, Montana, & Ed I'm sorry to hear of your Dad passing "

Rogena Lumberry wrote on Apr 12, 2021:

"Sue and family, I am so sorry to hear of Earl's passing. He was a wonderful man. I enjoyed all the years I worked with him at Maytag. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you."

Lori Cardosi wrote on Apr 12, 2021:

"Some of my fondest memories will be all our pitch games on the porch! Great conversation and always good food and snacks! Earl would share his stories of bowling and playing pitch at linn lanes. There was four of them that did this for years and one was my dad. Mendy and i have been great friends for years! Lots of fun times at the Benders growing up! Earl and Sue always welcomed me and I felt at home. I will forever be grateful for Earl and Sue and their entire family. ? Lori Cardosi "

Jacque Werry wrote on Apr 12, 2021:

"Sue, Missy, and entire family sorry for your loss my prayers are with you."

Janet Edmonds wrote on Apr 12, 2021:

"My heartfelt sympathy and prayers to the family, May God provide you with peace, comfort and strength during this difficult time of mourning. Psalms 29:11"

Raelene Widger wrote on Apr 12, 2021:

"My sincere condolences to Sue, Mendy and the entire Bender family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Earl was a wonderful man and will be missed. by many."

Max Scott wrote on Apr 11, 2021:

"Sue and entire Bender family....So sorry to hear of Earl?s passing. Always enjoyed seeing you two shopping. RIP, Max&Cheryl Scott"

Marcy Williams wrote on Apr 11, 2021:

"Missy, Montana & Ed I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers and condolences for your entire family "

marilyn anderson wrote on Apr 11, 2021:

"Buzzy and Jeremy, I'm so very sorry for your loss Marilyn Kalebaugh Anderson"

Rick and Tanya Games wrote on Apr 11, 2021:

"We are so sorry to learn of your loss. We send our heartfelt sympathy to all of you."

Katrina and Mike Hamilton wrote on Apr 11, 2021:

"To all the Benders: Our deepest sympathies on your loss. We will keep you in our thoughts and hearts. May sharing together the many memories and stories help sustain you during these difficult days as well as bring you comfort and peace. Mike and Katrina Hamilton "

Diane Parkinson wrote on Apr 11, 2021:

"We are so sorry to hear this sad news. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Diane & Mike Parkinson "

Joel Waldrop wrote on Apr 11, 2021:

"I am sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayer's. "

Everett Yerbic wrote on Apr 11, 2021:

"Many a time growing up this man watched myself and his son's use a sling shot trying to see if we could hit what we aimed at. Years later he road with me to bowl in Pekin. We also bowled at Linn together. Alwsys had a great conversation with my friend. I got one will miss him until the end of me. RIP my friend!"

David Johnson wrote on Apr 11, 2021:

"I'm sorry for your loss you have my sympathy and are in my thoughts"