Galen E. Bender, 78, of Jonestown, passed away on Monday, April 5, 2021, at his home. He was the husband of Carolyn J. Stine Bender. On July 15th, they would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
Born in Lebanon on Nov. 16, 1942, he was the son of the late Calvin and Carrie Kissinger Bender. Galen owned and operated Galen E. Bender General Contractor, until his retirement. He was a member of the ABD Hunting Camp, LLC in Potter County. He loved baseball, watching NASCAR racing, working in the yard, and especially spending time in his shop. He also enjoyed his trips to Williamsburg and especially spending time with his grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his sons, Cory E. husband of Elaine Bender, of Hershey, Bradley J. husband of Darlene Bender, of Richland and Andrew G. husband of Melissa Bender, of Grantville, his mother-in-law Naomi Bucher, of Palmyra, sisters Darlee M. Davis, of Myerstown and Glenda E. Zohn, of Fredericksburg, grandchildren, Tiffany (Howard) Williard, Daniel (Stephanie) Bender, Courtney Bender, Brittney (Antonio) Gutierrez, Morgan (Benjamin) Martindell and Jeremy (Emily) Bender, and seven great-grandchildren and one on the way.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Bruce and Ronald Bender and a sister, Faye Kleinfelter.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 9, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. at the Kreamer & Lum Funeral Home & Crematory, Rt. 72 & Camp Meeting Rd., Jonestown. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Fredericksburg.
In lieu of flowers, please send contributions in memory of Galen Bender to Mt Zion Road Church, 2087 Mt. Zion Road, Lebanon, PA 17046.