Robert (Bob) Leo Stender was many things in life, a child of God, a loving husband and father, a loyal friend, a faithful chief in the Coast Guard, a skilled salesman and networker, a long time elder at St Matthew’s and Trinity Lutheran churches, and a committed gearhead until the day he died. Everyone who met him could probably add to this list. How do you sum up a life?
He passed away on October 25, 2021 in Eugene, Oregon after a short and sharp decline in health. He was born on October 3, 1939 in Davenport, Iowa to Leo and Mildred Stender and always felt a kindred spirit with fellow Iowans. Bob joined the Coast Guard at 18 and continued in the reserves for 20 years. He still keeps his uniform clean in the closet. On September 4, 1964 he married vivacious and beautiful Sharon Foust and had four children; Kimberlee, Mark, Ann and Christopher of whom he was proud. He worked for many years as a salesman for Pacific Machinery and Tool Steel and more recently for Met Tek.
If you were blessed enough to be Bob’s friend, you were a friend for life. He just didn’t give up on people or situations. He was a mentor to youth in his community, a member of the South Lane County fair board and a builder for Habitat for Humanity. Bob was a craftsman and made things with precision and care. He joked a lot with people he knew well, always good for a smile, a laugh, or a groan.
He is survived by his wife, Sharon, his children, Kim, Mark, Annie, and Chris, his 8 grandchildren, Jakob Hiett, Dana Hiett, Isabelle Stender, Nathan Stender, Samantha Stender, Keira Stender, Ryan Stender, and Joshua Stender, and his sister, Donna Benson.