Kenneth C Bender

1963 - 2019

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Kenneth C. Bender, age 55, of Findlay, died at 12:49pm on Friday, October 4, 2019 at St. Vincents in Toledo, from injuries he sustained from being struck by a car while riding his bicycle. He was born on December 12, 1963, in Wood County to the late Herbert E. and Helen M. (Lozier) Bender. Ken is survived by a brother, Roger E. Bender of Findlay; sisters: Mary R. (Bryan) Parsell of Cincinnati, Ohio and Judith L. Hutton of Findlay. He was preceded in death by a sister, Cheryl A. Foltz. Ken worked at Blanchard Valley Industries and was proud to have won a Gold Medal in the 1978 International Special Olympics in track and swimming. He loved riding his bike, and could be seen riding all year long, as evidenced by him putting over 24,000 miles on his bike in a single year. He also had a strong love for people and for his community. Visitation will be held on Thursday, October 10, 2019 from 2:00-4:00pm and 6:00-8:00pm at the Upper Room Church of God, 520 West Bigelow Avenue in Findlay. Funeral services will be held at 10:30am on Friday at the church with additional visitation for one hour prior from 9:30-10:30am. Pastor David Price will officiate and interment will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME in Findlay. Memorials may be given to Hancock Handlebars Bicycle Club, P.O. Box 232, Findlay, Ohio 45840 in memory of Kenny Bender. This helps support the Findlay Police Dept. annual bicycle rodeo to purchase helmets and safety equipment for young riders. Online condolences are welcomed at

Service Information
  • Visitation Details:

    Upper Room Church of God [Map]
    520 W. Bigelow Ave
    Findlay, Ohio 45840
    Thursday, October 10th 2019 2:00 - 4:00 PM & 6:00 - 8:00 PM
    Friday, October 11th 2019 9:30 - 10:30 AM

  • Funeral Service:

    Friday, October 11th 2019 - 10:30 AM

  • Service Location:

    Upper Room Church of God [Map]
    520 W. Bigelow
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

  • Final Resting Place:

    Maple Grove Cemetery [Map]
    1120 W Main Cross St
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

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Condolences For Kenneth C Bender

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To : Mary and Bryan and Family
Date :Wednesday, October 9th 2019
From : Ann Mckitrick Tolbert
I am so sorry to read this. I truly hope they find the person responsible. You will all be in my prayers for peace.

To : The Bender Family
Date :Wednesday, October 9th 2019
From : St Vincent Neurosurgery Team
Keeping your family in our prayers.

To : The family
Date :Monday, October 7th 2019
From : Lisa Elsea Kluesner
So sad to hear of losing Kenny. My brother, Brad Elsea, attended Blanchard Valley with Kenny and I have fond memories of Kenny and Brad and Kenny together. God bless them both and welcome Kenny home in heaven, as I’m sure Brad is happy being with his friend Kenny again, I am sorry for your loss and missing him.
Lisa Kluesner

To : The Bender Family
Date :Monday, October 7th 2019
From : Jerry and Marianne Higley
Kenny was a backyard neighbor to us on Fifth Street years ago. He liked to come over and visit us and he always told us that he was as smart as any person. We saw Kenny over the years on his bicycle and knew it was him because he always wore his helmet.From time to time we would meet up with him and he always knew us. Not a better person around than Kenny. God has surely given him a high seat in heaven. May God bless him and you at this time.

To : The Bender Family
Date :Tuesday, October 8th 2019
From : Lynne Kidd
My sympathies and prayers to all the family and friends of Kenny. I very much enjoyed the time I spent with Kenny when he lived with Rita and enjoyed running into him from time to time on his many travels around Findlay. Always ready with a joke. He always made me laugh and smile. He will be missed! Heaven gained a good guy! Enjoy your new travels in Heaven buddy!!

To : Mary and Bender Family
Date :Tuesday, October 8th 2019
From : Sarita Meeks
Mary and Family,
So sorry to hear of your brother's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

To : Judith Hutton and Family
Date :Wednesday, October 9th 2019
From : Scott Vollmar
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

To : The Bender Family
Date :Wednesday, October 9th 2019
From : Julie RaderGudmund Rasmussen
We were broken hearted when we heard of this. Gudmund got to know Kenny pretty well. ( from being a mailman)..... We have a vacation planned and with sad hearts we are going to miss the services...We are keeping you in our prayers....

To : The Bender Family
Date :Wednesday, October 9th 2019
From : Shelley Reinhart
So sorry for the loss of Kenny. I helped take care of his mom, Helen, at Fox Run Assisted Living and he would occasionally stop in to visit while I was working. It was always nice to see him and his brother, Roger. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

To : The Bender family
Date :Wednesday, October 9th 2019
From : Aaron Jennifer Peterman
Kenny was one of our neighbors on Park Street for about 6 years. He was one of the nicest people in the world. He never bugged anyone and just kept to himself. This is so very sad to hear as he ws more than a neighbor, he was a loving friend that would give his shirt off his back if asked. He will be missed by literally everyone in Findlay. He is with the Lord now so he's not feeling any pain and he's healed from all wounds.

To : Kennys family
Date :Friday, October 11th 2019
From : Christine Fisher
God blessed the world with Kenny. As you keep him in your hearts, God continues to bless the world through you. May Father God comfort you in your loss and strengthen you with His love.

To : The Bender Family
Date :Wednesday, October 9th 2019
From : Heather
I am truly sorry for your loss. I would see Kenny almost daily riding his bike by my place of employment.

He would always nod his head in passing if I was outside.

He will be truly missed. My heart goes out to you and your family.

To : the family of kenny bender
Date :Wednesday, October 9th 2019
From : aaron and rhonda george
we grew up with ken on 6th st.and knew him all our the past few years ken would stop over for cookouts or just to visit. he was always a welcome visitor. we will miss him. if he had problems with his bike we would fix at peace Kenny

To : The Bender family
Date :Thursday, October 10th 2019
From : Todd Bowling
I am so sorry that this horrible thing happened. I didn't know Kenny well but i know he had a good heart and was a good person. My prayers are with you and your family. I am truly sorry for your loss!

To : Kenny's family
Date :Thursday, October 10th 2019
From : Mark
My heart goes oout to the family. Kenny was a wonderful guy. I have met him a few years back and he always recognized me when we saw each other. He will be missed by so many