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Richard Doyle Bender, 60, of Cat Spring passed away on July 27, 2011 in Cat Spring.

He was born on January 31, 1951 in Baytown to Robert Bender and Evelyn (West) Bender.

On Sept. 16, 1983, Richard married Colleen Renfrow. He was a tow boat captain for the Southern Towing Company in Memphis, Tenn.

Richard is survived by his wife, Colleen Renfrow of Cat Spring; daughters, Rhonda Fisher of Baytown and Rachel Bender of Dayton; sons, Troy Bender and wife Nicole of Spring  and Ben Renfrow and wife Giovanna of Houston; sisters, Carol McKinney of Baytown and Lynn Fortney and husband Paul of San Antonio; brother, James Bender and wife Ellen of Dayton; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial service was held in Houston on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011 at 2 pm. With Bro. Adam Bender officiating. Interment will be at a later date in the Houston National Cemetery in Houston.

The family requests, please no flowers. Memorials may be given to the American Heart Association, or the SPCA, or the charity of your choice. On line condolence may be given to the family at

Henneke Funeral Home, Columbus is in charge of arrangements
Posted by Joy Neely



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