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Irwin R. "Irv" Stender, 78, Elkhart, died at home Tuesday, Jan. 2.
Irv was born Feb. 10, 1939, in Wykoff, Minnesota, to the late August and Eldora (Horstman) Stender. Also preceding him in death was a sister, Ruth Garnatz.
On Aug. 13, 1960, Irv married the love of his life, Linda L. Moore. Linda died Aug. 30, 2016.
Surviving are three sons, Scott (Marilyn) Stender, Columbia City, Chris (Tonia) Stender, Bristol, and Matt (Amanda) Stender, Fishers: eight grandchildren, Shelby (Landon) Rehrer, Madalyn Burkert, Mackenzie, Zoey, Augustus, Marta, Emerson and Charlotte Stender; one great-grandchild, Norah, and one more on the way. Also surviving are a sister, Mary Miller, Eyota, Minnesota, and brother, Paul (Bernice) Stender, Blooming Prairie, Minnesota.
He graduated from Wykoff High School and was discharged from the United States Army in 1957. Upon arriving in Elkhart, Irv was employed for a short time with the railroad. However, Irv found his calling working with people and has been employed with Harold Zeigler Ford, formerly Pete Fall Ford since 1964, as fleet manager.
Irv and his late wife Linda were founding members of the Concord Little League. He was also a proud supporter of Concord High School athletics and band programs for more than 40 years.
He enjoyed spoiling his children and grandchildren and bragging about them every opportunity he could.
Visitation for Irv will be Saturday, Jan. 13, from noon until 3 p.m. at River Oaks Community Church 58020 C.R. 115, Goshen. Memorial services will take place immediately after visitation at 3 p.m., also at the church. Longtime family friend, the Rev. Dr. Dan Gelatt will officiate.
Graveside services will take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that all donations be made to the Concord Little League P.O. Box 394 Elkhart, IN 46515.
Hartzler-Gutermuth-Inman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be forwarded to hartzlergutermuthinman.com.
Published on January 8, 2018
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