Clarence Arnold (Ben) Bender, aged 93 years, passed away on Saturday, May 11, 2019, in Tampa, Florida. He grew up in Jackson, Michigan, the son of Dorothy Deloris Healy Bender and D.C. Bender.
Mr. Bender is survived by his wife, Brunilda Sequeira Bender of Tampa, Florida; a son by a previous marriage, Dennis Lee Bender; and one grandson, Dennis Bender, Jr.
Clarence joined the United States Marine Corps during World War II and served for 3 years in the Pacific Theater, where he earned commendation including the Purple Heart. He also served during the Korean War. The discipline and patriotism he learned in the Marines never left him, as friends and family will attest.
Following his military service, Clarence returned to civilian life, working as a mechanical engineer. Clarence met his wife, Brunilda Sequeira, while working in Bluefields, Nicaragua. They married in 1976 and returned to make their home in Tampa, Florida, where he worked as an independent over-the-road truck driver. Clarence retired from trucking in 2001. During his retirement, he enjoyed watching Western movies and all manner of sports.
Funeral services and interment will take place at Big Run Cemetery in Butler, Indiana on Monday, May 20 at 11:00 A.M.