Warren Herr Bender, 96, decorated WWII vet, Moore Dairy milkman, Little League coach, woodworker

By on March 13, 2019

Warren Herr Bender, 96, formerly of Manheim, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday March 5, 2019 at Masonic Village, Elizabethtown, where he was residing.

He was the widower of the late Betty (Leaman) Bender, who died in 2004. Born in East Lampeter Township, he was the son of the late Clayton and Ada (Herr) Bender.

Warren was a milkman for more than 30 years for the former Moore Dairy of Lancaster. He later worked as machine operator for Federal Mogul, and as an escort driver for High Steel, both of Lancaster. Warren proudly and bravely served as a Staff Sergeant with the Army Air Corps during World War II, and was a recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross in 1944 after surviving 62 missions.

Warren was a member of West Green Tree Church of the Brethren, Elizabethtown; VFW Post 5752, where he was a former quartermaster; and American Legion Walter S. Ebersole Post 185, both of Mount Joy. In his earlier years Warren was a Little League baseball coach, and he also enjoyed hunting, woodworking, reading, traveling, and especially spending time with his grandchildren.

Surviving are two sons: Steven E., husband of Nelda (Forry) Bender, Lancaster; Warren M. Bender, New Holland; two daughters: Sandra L., wife of Donald G. Kopp, Manheim; Tracy L., wife of Allen J. Shissler, Elizabethtown; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and a sister: Marion Kreider, Lancaster.

He was also preceded in death by four brothers and a sister.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend his funeral service at West Green Tree Church of the Brethren, 740 Green Tree Road, Elizabethtown, on Thursday March 14, at 11 a.m. There will be a public viewing on Thursday at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment with military honors will be in Conestoga Memorial Park, Lancaster.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Warren’s memory may be sent West Green Tree Church of the Brethren, 740 Green Tree Road, Elizabethtown, PA 17022; or to Water Street Mission, 210 S. Prince St., Lancaster PA 17603.

To send the family on-line condolences, visit BuchFuneral.com. Arrangements by Buch Funeral Home, Mount Joy.

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