News From Terre Haute, Indiana

October 19, 2013

William L. Bender


TERRE HAUTE — William L. Bender, 88, died Wednesday evening, Oct. 16, 2013, as a result of an earlier stroke. He was born in Terre Haute on May 4, 1925, to Mildred Pierce Bender of Staunton and Harlan A. Bender. He grew up in New Goshen, graduating in the class of 1942. He attended Rose Polytechnic before serving in the 42nd Rainbow Division during WWII, where he fought in the Battle of the Bulge and was decorated.

After marrying his high school sweetheart, Norma J. Campbell of Libertyville (1924-1985), he completed a chemistry degree at Indiana State University. He worked for Eli Lilly and Co. his entire career of over 35 years, which included several patents in pharmaceuticals and agrichemicals, and the building/

startup of operations at the Clinton plant as vice president of operations.

He resided for most of his years in Hendricks County, where he was active in local organizations. He was a church trustee, SCORE volunteer, Eiteljorg Museum docent, National Park Senior Corp. volunteer, Grand Sycamore of ISU, world traveler, conservationist and loving father, husband and grandfather.

He is survived by his three daughters, Trudy Bender, Tresa Kautz and Tauna Griffith; their spouses; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren, who invite you to celebrate a well-lived and well-loved life at Matthews Mortuary in Brownsburg, Ind., from 3 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 21, followed by a funeral service at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, in Calvary United Methodist Church. A committal service and military honors will be at Roselawn Cemetery, Terre Haute, Ind., at 2 p.m. on Oct. 22. Online condolences can be given at: