BENDER, Malcolm 'Mac' Jan 30, 1921 – Sep 26, 2018

Malcolm “Mac” Floyd Bender, 97, Kokomo, passed away at 4:47 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, at Community Howard Regional Health. He was born Jan. 30, 1921, in Kokomo, to Floyd Harry and Lelah Vivian (Pickering) Bender. On March 10, 1946, he married Della Jean “D.J.” Land, and she preceded him in death on Feb. 6, 2010.
Mac graduated from Kokomo High School and was an apprentice electrician before enlisting in the United States Army Air Corps. He served in the Air Corps from 1942 to 1946, during World War II, and attained the rank of corporal. After his military service, Mac worked in finishing carpentry. He went on to work for the Kokomo Center Township School Corp. in the maintenance department and retired on Jan. 1, 1984. Mac loved music and taught guitar lessons, repaired stringed instruments, and was a musician in several local bands. He was a member of the Elks Lodge, the Moose Lodge, and the Carpenter's Union. Mac was an avid fisherman, and enjoyed visiting the family cottage in Silver Lake, Indiana.
Survivors include his daughters, Shirley Jean Bannister, Lauretta Mae (Ronald) Taylor and Marilyn Annette Lowe; grandchildren, Paul Malcolm (Janelle) Burkett, Crystal Dawn Taylor (Cory) Gibson and Joshua Adam (Kathleen) Taylor; great-grandchildren, Wesley (Kerri Roach) Burkett, Kristen Burkett (Alex) Mecker, Kyra Burkett, Anna Taylor, Adam Taylor and Amanda Taylor; great-great-grandchildren, Bentley Burkett, Waelyn Burkett and Charlotte Mecker; and brother, Charles Richard (Shirley) Bender.
In addition to his wife, Della Jean Bender, he was preceded in death by his parents; son, Jack Lee Bender; two brothers, Robert Lee Bender, and Troy Nicholas Bender; and seven sisters, Helen Helfrich, Marsha L. Bender, Opal Purvis, Winifred Florence Kelly, Norma King, Barbara Jean Alder and Carolyn Joan Hewitt.
Funeral services for Mac will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, at Shirley & Stout Funeral Home & Crematory, 1315 W. Lincoln Road, Kokomo. Entombment will follow in Sunset Memory Garden Cemetery, with military honors provided by the United States Army and the Kokomo VFW Military Rites Team. Friends are invited to visit with the family from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Wallace Elementary School Music Program. Messages of condolence may be left online at
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