JOHN S. "JACK" BENDER (Deceased)
Inducted: April 29, 1978 in Richmond, IN
Date of Birth: October 12, 1913 in Bluffton, IN
High School Attended: Santa Ana, CA, and Bluffton Graduated: 1931
High School Honors: Lettered in football, basketball, baseball, and golf; football captain 931; played in State Basketball Tourney 1931 (Sweet Sixteen); All-State Honorable Mention; won Circle B Blanket Award 1931.
College Attended: University of Wisconsin Graduated: 1935
College Honors: Lettered in football and basketball; football captain 1934, 1935; All-Big 10 Honorable Mention; Scholastic Scholarship 1932.
Professional Athletic Background: Played for Wisconsin Cardinals 1935-1936.
Special Recognition: President Ben Dee, INC., Bridge and Road Contractors of Richmond, IN, 1949-1978; Secretary-Treasurer of De Bolt Concrete Co, INC. 1950-1970; licensed professional engineer and land surveyor in Indiana; President of Indiana Highway Constructors Association 1962; served in US Navy during World War II; District Council Whitewater Valley Boy Scouts of America.
Family: Wife, Henrietta; children, John and Connie; 5 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, and 2 step-great-grandchildren.
Mr. Bender passed away April 5, 2000.