Robert Bender, 94 of Fond du Lac and a resident of the St. Francis Home for the past 13 months

died Monday, October 1, 2012 at St. Agnes Hospital.  He was born in Wesley, Iowa on August 10, 1918 the son of Alexander and Anna Ramig Bender.  He was a veteran of the U. S. Navy as a machinist mate 1st Class, and member of the Sea Bee’s, serving in World War II from October 1943 to November 1945 and was stationed in Hawaii and helped clean up after Pearl Harbor.  Bob was a laborer in various commercial construction projects.  He was an avid fisherman, loved gardening and his dogs, Molly, Ashley, and Babe.


SURVIVORS:  Robert married Helen Kraft and had four children, Robert A. (Dolores) Bender, South Beloit, IL, Judy (Daniel) Flanders, Fond du Lac, Richard (Sandra) Bender, Knoxville, TN, and James A. Bender, Bradenton, FL; fourteen grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; fourteen great great grandchildren.  He is further survived by three siblings, Ella Gosse, Milwaukee, Samuel (Sharon) Bender, Taycheedah, and Dorothy Peterson, Waupun; sister-in-law, Loraine Bender, Fond du Lac; brother-in-law, Al Stahla, Chicago, IL.  He was preceded in death by his parents; one great grandson, Joseph Flanders; three sisters, Marie Stahla, Ruth Moore, and Betty Bender; five brothers, Herman, Fritz, Bud (Ruth), Al (Sandy), and Benjamin; two brothers-in-law, Frank Peterson and  Roland Gosse.


Graveside inurnment services will be held Monday, October 8, 2012 at 10:30 AM at Estabrooks Cemetery.  Chaplain Douglas V. Hedman will officiate.  Trier Puddy American Legion Post # 75 will conduct military graveside services.  Cremation has taken place.


In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to Immanuel Trinity Lutheran Church – Building Fund.


Uecker-Witt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  Additional information and guest book may be found at