William Bender, 85, died Tuesday, March 10, 2009, after a brief illness.

Bill lived most of his 85 years in the Yakima Valley. He retired from the Benton County Road Department.

He is survived by his children, Bev Goble of Montesano; Jim Bender of Benton City; Jerry Bender of Yakima; Debbie Crites of San Diego, Calif. and Sandy Tenbusch of Yakima; 20 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Lillian Ream of Klamath Falls, Ore.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Eva Bender; his wife, Margaret; eight brothers; three sisters; and one great-grandchild, Shianne Lacey Bender.

Viewing and visitation will be held Tuesday, March 17, 2009, from 4 until 8 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Grandview. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 18, 2009, at 10 a.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Grandview, with burial to follow at East Prosser Cemetery in Prosser.

Those wishing to honor his memory may contribute to The Noonan Syndrome Support Group, P.O. Box 145, Upperco, MD 21155. Those wishing to share their memories or sign William's on-line memorial book may do so at

Smith Funeral Home in Grandview is in charge of arrangements.


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