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Kenneth Bender

March 14, 1940 — January 16, 2024

Kenneth George Bender, 83, passed away on January 16, 2024, in Winter Garden, FL. 


He was born on March 14, 1940, in Grand Rapids, MI, to Forrest and Anne Bender and grew up on the family farm in Middleville, MI. Ken met Kathleen Marie Schmidt while attending university, and they were married on August 11, 1962, in Salem, OREarly in their marriage, they entered the ministry. For the next 40 years, Ken worked as a missionary, teacher, and pastor in Scotland, Florida, and Alabama   


All who knew Ken came to know that he loved God, his familyScotland, watching football and hockey, and his work in ministry. He (along with our mum) had a desire to serve God faithfully and others with joy, energy, care, and perseveranceeven despite significant personal heartaches. And though their ministry overflowed with Bible study and activitiesKen was present in family life. He was a loving dad, kind, gentle, wise, fun, adventuresome, and handy around the house and gardenHe also always loved and admired our mum, her beauty inside and out, and appreciated her willing and able partnership in ministry, her care of him, and her strength.  


Ken is survived by his wife of 61 years, KathleenHe leaves behind his children, Stephen (Marcy) Bender, Lois (José) Sánchez, Philip (Stephanie) Bender, Ruth (Mark) McGuire, 9 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild. 

Ken is preceded in death by his son, Kenneth Alexander; his parents, Forrest and Anneand his brothers, Clare (Helen) and John (Marcia) 


The visitation will be held January 26 at 10 a.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, Winter Garden, FLfollowed by the funeral service at 11 a.m.Pastor T.J. Klapperich officiating. A private interment will follow. 


In lieu of flowers, Ken asked that memorials or donations be made to the Grace Giving Fund at Calvary Baptist Church, Winter Garden, FL. 


Ken’s family want to extend a special thanks to the nurses, nursing assistants, and staff at Health Central Park Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Winter Garden, FL, for making personal connections with him while attending with skill to his physical needs

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Friday, January 26, 2024

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Friday, January 26, 2024

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