Eric Bender

Eric M. Bender

Wednesday, September 14th, 1977 - Saturday, February 20th, 2021
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Eric M. Bender, 43, of Chambersburg, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at his home. He was born in Carlisle, PA on September 14, 1977, to Beth and Dick Bender of Chambersburg. Eric was the owner and operator of the Beer Shed in Waynesboro, where he enjoyed meeting and interacting with his customers.

Many may remember Eric as a standout athlete for Chambersburg in the 1990s, who then went on to play baseball for James Madison University. And while his commitment to sports was obvious, Eric's life was defined, not by a batting average or free throw percentage, but by his accomplishments and involvement as a husband, father, son and friend. He loved to laugh, and his keen sense of humor and direct delivery had a way of making us all understand how to laugh at ourselves. Eric was real; his heart was huge; and we will continue to carry his love with us each and every day.

Aside from his parents, he leaves behind his wife, Megan; daughters, Alex and Cami; sister, Kate (Brandon) Cornwell; grandparents, Bob Jacobs (Connie) and Tank Bender (Sonnie), all of Chambersburg; father-in-law, Dave Sullivan of Waynesboro; mother-in-law, Kathy (Bill) Himmelreich of Wayne, PA; brothers-in-law, Davey (Cara) Sullivan of York and Tim Sullivan of Waynesboro; and many other extended family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Annette (Frecon) Jacobs.

Funeral services for Eric will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to help support the Lady Renegades' Eric Bender Memorial Athletic Building Fund at or by check payable to: Lady Renegades Fastpitch 1852 Frank Road, Chambersburg, PA 17202. Arrangements are entrusted to the Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home.
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Chad Fauson

Posted at 11:49am
My deepest condolences to the family, every memory and experience I had with Eric was funny and eventful. He will be missed tremendously!

Jen Reed

Posted at 03:13pm
Megan, Cami, & Alex Thinking of you during this difficult time and sending our deepest sympathy. Love Jen, Cody, Ashlyn, Addy, Hailey & Knox Reed
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Bob Thomas

Posted at 01:19pm
Coach Thomas Posted Feb. 25-Dick,Beth, Tank-Sonnie,Bob-Connie,Kate, Alex-Cami Thinking of all you at this most difficult time. I of course have fond memories of Eric . Watching him on the basketball court and of course playing baseball for us . He is one of several who played 4 years of varsity baseball and he still holds several career records for the Trojans-Hite and RBI,s. We had many excellent players and he was one of the best.

John Z

Posted at 02:22pm
DIck, Beth, and Katie,
While it has been some time since we have seen your family, our memories of Eric are clear and treasured. We remember him as a young teen, playing with our kids and generally making people happy. I can't imagine much changed as that was who Eric was: kind, friendly, fun-loving. We wish there were some words to ease your pain at this time. Sending love your way.
John and Kirsten

Blake & Nick

Posted at 08:02am
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