RAYMOND W. BENDER age 89, loving husband for nearly 65 years of Loretta (Lorz); caring father of Lynn (Michael) Klotz of Lima NY and Michael (Kathleen) Bender of Chardon OH; devoted grandfather of Maxwell and Samuel Klotz, and Emily and Raymond Bender. He was predeceased by his parents, Raymond and Velma (LeCrone) Bender; sisters Beverly and Judith Bender; and brother and sister in-law Walton and Barbara Strahl.
Raymond’s humble start began in Geneva, Ohio, spending one summer as a teen camping down by the river, playing basketball, baseball and football, and graduating in 1952 from high school. He pursued both a BS (1956) and MS (1961) in industrial engineering and administration at Case Institute of Technology, was a member of Theta Tau Engineering Society, and senior class president of Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity.
Due to his work ethic and natural leadership skills, Ray had a successful career in manufacturing, management, and quality assurance while working for Republic Steel (Ferndale MI), White Motor (Cleveland OH), and Xerox (Webster NY). His work with Xerox in Quality Assurance and Control culminated as a leader of the team winning the 1989 Malcom Baldrige National Quality Award.
Ray loved watching Chautauqua sunsets and “snow-birding" in Destin FL with Lori, supporting his grandkids, and coaching youth basketball. After their gardens were well-tended, he could be found golfing, sailing or helping a friend with a project. Ray also enjoyed being a US Power Squadron member, watching professional sports, bowling, teaching Lynn and Michael to snow & waterski, and playing basketball, softball, and tennis.
Ray and Lori returned to Ohio in 2019 and found great comfort and support at their senior residential community, Maplewood at Chardon. The sincere and quality care Ray received from both the Maplewood and Hospice of Western Reserve staff was exceptional.
A memorial service will be held privately.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Ray to the Point Chautauqua Association Memorial Fund (PCA, PO Box 135, Dewittville NY 14728) OR by planting a tree in his memory by clicking HERE.