William Bender

William Harold Bender, 102, of Bloomington, died Sunday, March 9, 2014.

He was born Dec. 29, 1911, east of Bloomington, to William Henry and Mary Frances Huntington Bender. He grew up at the end of Bender Road, east of Bloomington. As a young man, he raised chickens commercially, making a weekly trek into Bloomington to sell the eggs. He graduated from Bloomington High School in 1930. He then attended Nebraska State Teachers' College for two years, and later Indiana University. In 1937, he accepted his first regular job with the Wegmiller Lumber Company. During his career, he was not only the manager, but also the designer. Many of the homes in Bloomington built in the 1940s and 1950s were designed by him. He also designed homes for all three of his children. He and his son, John, purchased Wegmiller Lumber Company in 1962, later renaming it the Bender Lumber Company. There are eight Bender Lumber locations, including one in Madison. In 1958, he built two apartment buildings in Bloomington. The management and maintenance of these buildings would become his job during his retirement.

He was an active member of Cornerstone Christian Fellowship and was a Gideon. He had served as a board member of the First Assemblies of God church on the bypass for more than 50 years. While serving on that board he was instrumental in designing and building a new church and later remodeling it. He also supported numerous national and international ministries, sometimes housing missionaries in his home. He was a founder of the Bloomington Habitat for Humanity chapter, a former board member of the Bloomington Red Cross, a volunteer in a jail ministry and previously delivered Meals on Wheels. In addition to being a bee keeper for more than 70 years, he was an organic gardener who maintained a large garden until age 96.

He is survived by two sons, John Bender and Paul Bender; two grandsons; one granddaughter; and one great-grandson.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Christine Crafton Bender, whom he married Jan. 1, 1938, and who died in 1983; his wife, Mildred Schnable Bender, whom he married Dec. 6, 1987, and who died July 12, 2002; one son, David Bender; his parents; six siblings, Verdia, Alta, Ethel, Dwight, J. Lester and Eugene; and one grandson.

The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at The Funeral Chapel of Powell and Deckard in Bloomington. Burial will be in Clear Creek Cemetery in Bloomington.

Friends may call at the funeral home Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. and Thursday from 9:30 a.m. until the service.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to I.U. Health Hospice, 601 W. Second St., Bloomington, IN 47402, or to the Gideon Society.

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Tommie Bovard

Tommie Wayne "Tom" Bovard, 51, of Madison, died Saturday, March 8, 2014, at King's Daughters' Hospital.

He was born April 25, 1962, in Dearborn County, to R. Kenneth and Virginia M. Baker Bovard. He was raised in East Enterprise and was a 1980 graduate of Switzerland County High School. He served in the Indiana National Guard from 1980 to 1986. He was united in marriage to Molli Arvin on April 10, 1989. He was first employed for several years as a machine operator with Dayton Walther Corporation in Carrollton, Ky. He was later united in marriage to Dathma. He was currently employed as a welder for the past 17 years with Vehicle Services Group-Rotary Lift in Madison. He was a former charter member of the American Legion Riders. He was baptized and was a member of the Christian church. He enjoyed hunting, playing golf, riding his motorcycles, Indiana University basketball, the Cincinnati Reds and animals. He also enjoyed spending time with his daughter, painting and drawing.

He is survived by his companion of nine years, Debi Gaylord of Madison; one daughter, Logann Brooke Bovard of Oakley, Calif.; three brothers, Warren Bovard of Rising Sun, Herschel Bovard of Aurora and Nathan Bovard of East Enterprise; nine sisters, Linda Kay Frederick, Bonnie Bovard, Connie Richter and Nanette Daws, all of Rising Sun, Suzanne Padgett of Valdosta, Ga., Cindy Hudson of Rising Sun, Joyce Allen of Bright, Sheila Lowes of Florence, Ky. and Leisa Jensen of Hayesville, N.C.; eight grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by one son, Quentin Bovard; his parents; three brothers, Johnny Joe Bovard, Terry Bovard and Robert P. "Bobby" Bovard; and two sisters, Brenda Yauger and Barbara Armand.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial will be in New Liberty Cemetery in East Enterprise.

Friends may call at the funeral home Wednesday from 3 to 8 p.m. and Thursday from 9 a.m. until the service.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the an animal shelter or the New Liberty Cemetery Association. Contributions can be made through the funeral home.

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Mary Florian

Mary Florian, 89, of Madison, died Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at The Waters of Clifty Falls.

Funeral arrangements and additional information are pending at Lytle Funeral Chapel.



William Maines

William Harold Maines, 82, of Green River, Wyo., died Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, at his daughter's home in Arlington, Wash.

He was born Sept. 12, 1931, in Ghent, Ky., to Alma Doris Chaney. He served in the Air Force from 1947 to 1953, where he was a survival equipment specialist and parachute rigger to the 830th Bombardment Squadron in Roswell, N.M. He rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant, and was awarded the Good Conduct Medal. He could frequently be found crafting wood furniture and cabinetry for friends and family in his garage. He enjoyed teaching his grandchildren and great-grandchildren how to make things with their hands and work with wood.

He is survived by three daughters, Marilyn Thomas of Green River, Wyo., Linda Hott of Cheyenne, Wyo. and Melanie Blowers of Arlington, Wash.; his twin brother, Carroll "GG" Maines of Ghent, Ky.; 10 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Canellia "Corny" Ellen Rawdon Maines, whom he married Dec. 1, 1951; one son, William Harold "Buddy" Maines Jr.; and his mother.

The funeral was March 6 at the Union Congregational Church in Green River, Wyo. Burial was in Riverview Cemetery.

Online condolences can be sent at www.vasefuneralhomes.com.



Nelson Turner

Nelson Turner, 73, of Vevay, died Monday, March 10, 2014, at his residence.

Funeral arrangements and additional information are pending at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay.



Ella Faye Weidner

Ella Faye Weidner, 90, of Fort Myers, Fla., died Friday, March 7, 2014.

She was born April 12, 1923, in New Bethlehem, Pa., to Fred and Ella Eaker. She grew up on the family farm. After her mother died at a young age, she was mostly raised by her siblings. She graduated from the Mt. Vernon Academy, in Ohio, a Seventh-day Adventist boarding school. During World War II, she served as a telephone operator in Washington, D.C. She and her husband lived in Washington, D.C., Kalamazoo, Mich., Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Endicott, N.Y., Boulder, Colo. and Madison. She retired from AT&T. While living in Madison, she worked as a receptionist for several doctors' offices. She continued to live in Madison until 1994 when she moved to Ft Myers, Fla. She was an active member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. She enjoyed music, travel and her family. She also enjoyed major league baseball, college and professional football, and horse racing.

She is survived by one son, Ralph L Weidner of Bonita Springs, Fla.; two daughters, Nina Wendt of Fairbanks, Alaska and Melody Wycliffe of Ardmore, Tenn.; five grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph J Weidner, whom she married in Sept. 1945, and who died in June 1984; her parents; and seven siblings.

Cremation was chosen. Interment will be in Grandview Memorial Cemetery.

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The Neptune Society in Ft. Myers, Fla. is in charge of arrangements.