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Mark Reuben "Bud" Bender

July 2, 1939 ~ August 21, 2018 (age 79)

Mark Reuben “Bud” Bender, 79, Grantsville, went home on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, in Oakland.

Mark was born on July 2, 1939, to the late Omar Bender and Norma Maust Bender.

Mark married Lucy Ellen Beiler on Aug. 24, 1960. After 10 years of marriage they parted ways. In an ironic turn of events, Lucy and Mark were reunited in spirit on Aug. 21, 2018.

Mark is survived by his three sons, Stephen Mark Bender (and Janice), Pittsburgh, Pa., Michael Dean Bender, Charlottesville, Va. and Nicholas Scott Bender (and April), Ventura, Calif.; three grandchildren, Stephen Robert Bender, Yucca Valley, Calif., Brian Eric Bender, Cranberry, Pa. and Jeffery Michael Bender, Washington, D.C.; and two great-grandchildren, Stephen Murray Bender and Briana Lynn Bender. He is also survived by his brothers, Robert, Jason, Paul, Loren and Luke; and sisters, Doris Kintner and Martha Classen; along with many nieces and nephews.

Along with his parents, preceding him in death were his son, Jason Wayne Bender; and brothers, Austin, Richard, Leland and Elam. 

Mark was a developer/home builder and self-taught architect in the Morgantown, W.Va., area for many years. He ran a successful business and built hundreds of homes in the Morgantown and Waynesburg, Pa., areas.

He retired and moved back to Grantsville in 1995 to pursue gardening and landscaping for area businesses and neighbors.  He enjoyed spending time in his garden by his home. He will be missed by many family members, neighbors and friends who enjoyed seeing his flower designs and eating his tomatoes, peppers and other vegetables from his garden.

There will be a celebration of life for Mark at Springs Mennonite Church, Springs, Pa., at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Springs Mennonite Church, P.O. Box 127, Springs, PA 15562.

Newman Funeral Homes, P.A., Grantsville, is assisting with arrangements.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Donations may be made to:

Springs Mennonite Church
P.O. Box 127, Springs PA 15562

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