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.