We've recently learned of the passing of Bob Bender '56. Well known in the community while a student, Bender became a physician and led an interesting life personally and professionally, according to several correspondents. A memorial service is planned for Saturday March 23, 2013 12:30 PM, at Calvary Chapel Chino Hills, 4201 Eucalyptus, Chino, CA. The following obituary was provided by the family.
Robert I. Bender, born on September 20, 1938 in Downey, CA to Blaine and Helen Bender, passed away at his home in South Lake Tahoe, CA on Friday, March 8, 2013. Bob grew up in Temple City, CA with his siblings Darryl and Cheryl, attended Temple City schools, where he starred in football and basketball for the Temple City High School Rams.
He graduated from Whittier College with his Bachelor’s Degree and went on to receive his Medical Doctorate at the University of California, Irvine, College of Medicine. He served 4 years in the United States Air Force as a Captain, Flight Surgeon and practiced medicine in Whittier and La Habra, CA. In 2007, he left Diamond Bar and moved to his vacation home in South Lake Tahoe after retiring from medical practice. A former owner of Camp Richardson Marina, Bob has been a long time member of South Lake Tahoe community after purchasing a ‘get-away’ home there in 1973.
Dr. Bob is survived by his wife Robin, his daughter Samantha and son Robert Spencer, his son Randy and his wife Yolanda, daughter Tiffani Calvert and her husband Chris, daughter Kari Deol and her husband Steven, sister Cheryl Millham and her husband Tom and brother Darryl and his wife Beverly. Bob has 7 grandchildren, 4 nieces and 1 nephew. A loving husband, father, brother, uncle, grandpa, friend and physician, Bob will be truly missed by all who knew him.
A memorial service is planned in his honor Saturday March 23, 2013 12:30 PM, at Calvary Chapel Chino Hills, 4201 Eucalyptus, Chino, CA.
An open house will be held in South Lake Tahoe in April. Details to follow.
In lieu of flowers, a special fund has been set up for the minor children, Samantha and Spencer: Dr. Bob Bender Memorial Fund c/o El Dorado Savings Bank, 942 Emerald Bay Road, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
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