Richard E. “Dick” Bender, 83, formerly of Hellertown, of Bethlehem Township, died Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019 at St. Luke’s Hospital, Anderson Campus, Bethlehem Township. He was the husband of Mary E. (Schrantz) Bender. He was born in Butztown on Nov. 16, 1936 to the late Eugene and Mae Eliza (Ruch) Bender. Richard served our country faithfully in the U.S. Army during peacetime. He owned and operated Saucon Valley Meats, Hellertown, for 30 years until his retirement, and was previously employed for at eight-and-a-half years at Saucon Valley School District. Before that he had also owned and operated Saucon Valley Construction. Richard was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Bethlehem.
In addition to his loving wife of 56 years; daughters: Darlene “Dolly” M. (Edward E.) Kirk of Talala, Okla., Marlene “Molly” G. Bender (Joseph S. Horwath Jr.) of Bath. He was predeceased by siblings: Loretta K. Mease, Harriet M. Frey, Gerald L. Bender, Verna Rice.
The service will be private at the convenience of the family. There will be no calling hours. Online expressions of sympathy can be recorded at HeintzelmanCares.com. Arrangements are by the Heintzelman Funeral Home Inc., Hellertown.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 474 Vine St., Bethlehem PA 18015.