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LANNY BENDER

LANNY BENDER Lanny D. Bender was born in Centralia, Ill., Feb. 17, 1936, to Lowell D. Bender and Catherine Heick Bender. After graduating high school in Centralia in 1954, he spent four years in the U.S. Marine Corps. His under graduate work was at University of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign and University of Southern Illinois at Carbondale. He received two masters degrees from Washington University in St. Louis. American Air Filter in St. Louis had a contract with the Dew Line Project, where he helped design and build air coolers and equipment. He went on and accomplished great things with ITT. He wore many hats, including value engineer and quality control manager, and he was well-known as one of the best contract writers and editor. One of his early jobs was on the space project in Huntsville, Ala., where he worked with Dr. Von Braun. After completing a survey in Saudi Arabia to install an air traffic control system, he wrote the contract. They had to charter a plane to deliver the 123 volumes. They won the contract and installed it just in time to use when Desert Storm broke out. He lead surveys for NATO, and several more. He was on the management team on a contract to upgrade communications in Thailand and Vietnam. All of NATO communication equipment is maintained at Ft. Gordon, Ga. ITT won the contract to manage that. Lanny was project manager. Late 1991, he and his wife retired from ITT, New York to be close to family in Las Vegas. They were active in the area volunteering at some schools, volunteered at all elections, even went to zoning meetings to help building contractors in the area. They really enjoyed being with family. Lanny spent his last years courageously battling brain tumors. He was preceded in death by his parents. Lanny is survived by his wife, Mary Bender; sons, Steve Findley and his wife, Luisa, and Stuart Findley and his wife, JoJo; grandchildren, Michelle Findley-Franks, Kristin Findley, Allison Findley Tomlin, Cameron Findley, Cole Findley and Carson Findley; great-grandchild, Zack Franks; special friends, Anne Findley, Meagin and Mike Hilbert and Norm Tornberg. Services will be private.
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