Date of Death:  February 15, 2022

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A celebration of life is being planned for the spring, date to be determined.

Obituary Notice

Dennis Lee Bender, born March 24, 1960, passed away on Tuesday morning, February 15, 2022. Dennis was known for his expertise in mechanics. He could take apart and put back together from the smallest of items like a push mower to automobiles to farm equipment and even ski lifts for the nearby ski lodge. His friends referred to him as a “genius” or “awesome” and fondly remember all they were taught. Most remember him as a diesel mechanic for his stepdad’s trucking company. Dennis loved animals and his family and friends. Dennis was born in Sturgis, Michigan but grew up in the Jones and Three Rivers area where he remained throughout his adult life.

Dennis is survived by his mother (Virginia), 3 sisters (Janet, Melissa and Cherie) and 2 brothers (Scott, Larry) along with his longtime partner (Deb), her daughters (Missy, Mindy) a grandchild he raised as his own (Autumn), many grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Dennis was preceded in death by his father (Bill) and stepfather (Faye), 2 brothers (Dave, Ladd), 2 nephews (Mark, Jimmy) and 1 great nephew (Kyle).

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  1. You were always a great friend to all of us Jones peeps. Always there to help fix a mechanical issue for me. Grandma and Grandpa Seager always had you working on the farm equipment. Uncle Bob and his what nots. LOL. The Seager’s kept you busy. You always smiled. Never complained, Always explained things to me and never made me feel dumb.
    May you Rest in Peace! Until we meet again.

    Thoughts and Prayers to the Carpenter family. Much Love

  2. Dennis you were like the big brother looking over us neighborhood kids right along with your own brothers and sisters. When I moved at 18, I would come home from Kentucky once a month he would always look at my car for me and fix anything that was wrong with it and I never had to make an appointment. Maybe that’s the perks of being a long time pain in the butt or just because he was such a nice guy. Rest In Peace Dennis

  3. I can believe it’s came to this pap but I’ll remember the good times we had riding fourwheelers having cookouts learning how to fix cars I’ll never forget that but rest easy Pap I love you so much❤️

  4. Dennis bender u was a good man and will be missed by many people . I pray for u to be at peace and pain free and I pray for your family and friends. Rest in peace my friend

  5. words cannot describe how much we miss you pappy.. those long summer days riding four wheelers through the woods, having cookouts and camping in the tent in the backyard while you sat up all night by the fire just to make sure we were okay because we were all scared. you were and still are so loved. until we meet again.. i love you❤️

  6. Dennis my little brother
    You will always be in my heart .
    I will always remember the mischief we got into as kids .
    You was a loving caring soul .
    If anyone needed anything you was always there .
    I am going to miss you more than you will ever know .
    You are at peace now spread them beautiful wings and fly high until we meet again
    Love and miss you
    Janet ( Sis )

  7. So many memories over the past 35 years you’ve been a part of my family. I’m so sad to lose you but relieved you are in a better place and with God. Rest peacefully, we will all meet again one day.

  8. To the only Father I knew growing up, I am so sorry we lost touch over the years. Please know how much You Truly meant to me and How much I Love You Dennis/Dad. You were such a wonderful teacher Of so many things. I will Cherish all my Memories with You and Growing up in Jones in the Woods.💙🥺I will see you on the Other Side!

  9. No words can describe the sorrow and sadness of losing you. My Prayers go out to your Siblings and your Mother along with Prayers for Deb and her Children. You are such a Special Cousin to me. The way you took care of your Mother melts my heart. At the viewing of your Nephew Mark you sat and held the hand of Aunt Cordie to make sure she was okay. These are just a couple of examples of why you are so Special in our hearts We will forever miss and love you. Until we meet again later, love you.

  10. Dennis, my brother, always there…

    From one of my earliest memories of holding a blood soaked towel to my head as mom drove us to the hospital after the dog bit me in the head…to the faithful and watchful eye over our mother for many years after dad passed.

    Gone way too soon! You will be remembered and never forgotten, forever at peace now!

  11. I love you so much pappy and I miss you I just wanted you know that you loved and missed you were so awesome. And I loved to visit you every time we went there. And you are so good with mechanic and I loved how you were always in your bibs lol. And I hope you are not in pain. And I love you so much.

    Love, McKenna Dowell

  12. Where to I begin. You took me in and raised me as your own child when I was really young. You showed me what it was like to be loved by a father. I’m going to miss you so much. Thank you for loving me like only a father could love his daughter. Thank you for teaching me how to work on cars and retread semi tires. Thank you for teaching me to split wood and Thank you for teaching to be a strong person and showing me I could do anything I put my mind to. I will love you forever and this isn’t good bye its until I see you again. Love Missy

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