Ralph Joseph Bender, 81, peacefully passed away on Tuesday, July 11, 2023, while surrounded by his loved ones at Nithview Community in New Hamburg. He was a highly valued member of both the Oxford County and Wilmot Township communities. Born in East Zorra, Ralph was the beloved son of the late Milfrid and Edna (Roth) Bender.
Ralph was a cherished and devoted husband to Marjorie (Steinmann) Bender and a loving father to Dawn Bender. He will be deeply missed by his siblings: Luanna (John Gravelle), Bruce Bender (Marlene), Glen Bender (Dorothy), Ruth (Jim Gingerich); as well as his brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins, all of whom held a special place in Ralph’s heart.
Preceding him in death were his three daughters, Anne Marie Bender (1970), Donna Bender (2000), Debbie Bender (2011), as well as his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Rita (Leonard Cressman), Ray Steinmann, Wayne Steinmann, Bruce Steinmann, and Marilyn Steinmann. Ralph faithfully attended and actively participated in the Cassel Mennonite Church, where he made lasting connections within the community. For many years, Ralph diligently worked on his farm south of Punkey Doodles corners, taking care of his dairy cows and other daily farming duties. Upon retiring from farming and relocating to New Hamburg, he devoted his time to tending to his beautiful flower beds, which he happily shared with everyone.
Relatives and friends are welcome to pay their respects at the Mark Jutzi Funeral Home, 291 Huron Street, New Hamburg, on Saturday, July 15, 2023, from 2 – 4 p.m. and 6 – 8 p.m. A funeral service will be held at 16th Line East Zorra Mennonite Church, 677044 16 Line, Tavistock, on Sunday, July 16, 2023, at 2:30 p.m. Interment will occur at the adjoining church cemetery before the service, at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Mennonite Central Committee or Cassel Mennonite Church through the funeral home. Personal condolences and information on how to donate can be found at http://www.markjutzifuneralhomes.ca.

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