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Obituary for Forrest Clare Bender

Forrest Clare  Bender
Forrest Clare Bender

Forrest Clare Bender, age 87, of Middleville, passed away May 26, 2018 at Carveth Village after a short battle with cancer. His family was ever by his side. Clare was born September 27, 1930 in Hastings, the son of Forrest and Anne (Reid) Bender. On June 28, 1952, Clare married the former Helen Ross, and together they shared nearly 59 years of marriage until her passing on March 28, 2011. Clare honorably served his country as a mechanic in the United States Air Force and was stationed in England, joined by Helen upon their marriage. Following his discharge, Clare returned to Middleville where he served the community through his service station and mechanic work. Family time was always important to him as evidenced by annual vacations when the children were growing up and then Sunday evening gatherings the past 40 years. Following his retirement, he took up woodworking and he and Helen wintered for many years at Holiday Park in Lakeland, Florida where he served as past President as well as Treasurer. Clare was a long term member of Peace Church. Clare is survived by his children: Bruce and Kim Bender of Middleville, Bonnie and David McBride of Caledonia, Jim and Cindy Bender of Middleville; seven grandsons, nine great grandchildren. Also surviving are his two brothers: John and Marcia Bender, Ken and Kathy Bender; many nieces and nephews. Clare's family will receive friends Wednesday, May 30 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM and Thursday, May 31 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM at the Beeler-Gores Funeral Home where his funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 AM, Reverend David McBride officiating. A private burial will take place in Mt. Hope Cemetery. Memorial contributions to Muscular Dystrophy Association or Spectrum Hospice will be appreciated. Please visit to share a memory or to leave a condolence message for Clare's family.

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