Darrell D. Bender, 85, formerly of Wabash, died at 12:30 a.m. Thursday, May 30, at Elms Haven Care in Thornton, Colo. He was born Jan. 18, 1928 in Grayville, Ill., to Eugene and Della Louise (Terry) Bender.
Darrell married Jean Yvonne Maxwell in Albion, Ill., on June 10, 1947; she died Sept. 19, 2004. He served in the US Navy on the USS Casablanca in the South Pacific during WWII. In 1959 he joined the P.N. Hirsch Department Store Co., working as manager in Missouri, Kansas, and Illinois. Darrell moved to Wabash in 1969 coming from Danville, Ill., to manage the Wabash P.N. Hirsch store. He became the District Manager for the Dollar General Stores when P.N. Hirsch sold, until his retirement in 1989. He then worked for Clarks Finer Foods, and later Scotts Supermarket.
Darrell was a past president of the Highway 24 Shopping Center Merchants Association and served several times on its board of directors. He was also past president of the Wabash Chamber of Commerce Retail Division, member and past president of the Wabash Lions Club, member of Christ United Methodist Church, the Methodist Men’s Club, the Wabash American Legion Post 15, the Honeywell Golf Association, and the Men’s Bowling League.
He is survived by son, Darrell E. (Elizabeth) Bender of Denver, Indiana; sister, Marjorie (Ray) Marler, Delphi, Ind.; four grandchildren, Kyle (Crystal) Siegfred, Trafalgar, Ind., Brian (Jennifer) Siegfred, Washington, Mo., Forest Bender and Drew Bender, both of Wabash; three step grandchildren, and six step great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter Pamela Brauneller.
Funeral services will be held at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service on Monday, June 10, at 10 a.m., with grandson, Kyle Siegfred, son, Darrell E. Bender, and Rev. Brent Fitzgerald officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Lawns Cemetery, Wabash. Friends may call 2-5 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home.
Preferred memorial is Christ United Methodist Church, 477 N. Wabash St., Wabash, Indiana 46992.
The memorial guest book for Darrell may be signed at www.grandstaff-hentgen.com.