Obituary: Donald Fender

March 14, 1945 – May 9, 2024

Donald Ray Fender, 79, of Bedford, passed away at 5:15 am on Thursday, May 9, 2024, at I.U. Health Bedford Hospital.

Born March 14, 1945, in Bedford, he was the son of Ray and Gladys (Hack) Fender. He married Belinda Roberts on August 14, 1965, and she survives. He graduated from Tunnelton High School and was
a member of the Highview Baptist Church and Army National Guard. He worked in the maintenance
department of Cummins Engine in Columbus for 36 years. Prior to that, he worked at Bruner Engineering
and Travelers in Orleans.

Survivors include his wife, Belinda, of Bedford; two sons, Joe Fender and wife, Julie and Jeremy Fender, all of Bedford; two daughters, Polly Dennis and husband, Greg, of Florida and Allison McCarty and husband, Matt, of Noblesville; eight grandchildren, Isaac Fender and wife, Cameron, Amasa Speer, and husband, Coleman, Kylie Dennis, Sydney Horne and husband, Ghaige, Chloe McCarty, Tara, Lora, and Robert Kern; seven great-grandchildren, Noah, Briston, Matalyn, Kagen, Bowen, Leiam, Revin and Ezekiel; two sisters, Brenda Price and husband, Darrell, of Bedford and Naomi Goodrich and husband, Charlie, of Tucson, AZ.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Patricia Raines.

A celebration of life will be conducted at 1:00 pm on Friday, May 24th, at Highview Baptist Church, 60 Patton Hill, Bedford, IN, with Pastor Danny Goens officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Samaritans Purse at or the Men’s Warming Shelter. Family and friends may express condolences at