Franklin C. Bender, 76, of Fremont, OH passed away Saturday, February 3, 2018, surrounded by his family, at ProMedica Toledo Hospital. He was born on November 27, 1941, in Fremont, to Lester and Marguerite (Young) Bender. Franklin was a 1959 graduate of St. Joseph Catholic High School.
Franklin married Carol A. Wagner on November 5, 1966 at St. Joseph Catholic Church and she survives. He worked in the maintenance department at Whirlpool Corporation in Clyde, OH for forty-two years and retired in 2004. He was also a full-time farmer. Franklin was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and the Fremont Eagles. He enjoyed watching sports, especially the Indians, Buckeyes and the Patriots. Franklin also enjoyed fishing and bowling in his younger years.
Franklin is survived by his wife of fifty-one years, Carol Bender; children, Cheryl (Michael) Brunthaver, Christine (Rick Hotz) Bender, Charles (Jodie) Bender, all of Fremont, Chad (Amy) Bender, Kansas, OH, Charla (Steven) Spotts, Fremont, OH; grandchildren, Chrystal (Jesse), Jacob, Jenny (T.J.), Adam, Chelsea (Chris), Brandon, Ashley, Philip, Audrey, Abigail, William and Quinton; two great grandchildren, Jude and Klaus and family friend, Jeff Kleinschmit.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation: Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. with a vigil service at 7:30 p.m. at Wonderly Horvath Hanes Funeral Home and Crematory, 425 E. State St. Fremont, OH
Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, February 8, 2018, 10:00 a.m., at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 709 Croghan St. Fremont, OH 43420
Burial will take place at a later date at St. Joseph Cemetery.
Memorials can be made in honor of Franklin to Bishop Hoffman Catholic School-Sacred Heart Campus, or Donor’s Choice.