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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Suzan Frecon

Posted at 02:36pm
Dear Beth, I am deeply sorry to hear of your your loss. I remember meeting your son when he was very young . My thoughts are with you.
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Bruno Caretti

Posted at 07:21pm
I met Eric at Faust in 8th grade. I remember playing basketball with him on several occasions at Municipal court and Buchanan. I also remember him from coming into the pizza shop and we always exchanged pleasantries. I have fond memories of him in high school and outside school. Sorry to hear of his passing and God bless. Prayers. Bruno Caretti.

Matt & Stacy Gunder, Maddie and Lilly Heck

Posted at 04:14pm
Megan, Cami & Alex, Dick and Beth: Sincerest condolences from our family to yours. We are saddened by the loss of Eric.
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Pamela McLaughlin

Posted at 07:01pm
Dear Beth,
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. In case you don’t remember me, I was your dad’s secretary when was with the Math Department at Shippensburg University. My former married name was Schenzel, and Jack and Christopher are my sons.

Chloe Sullivan

Posted at 10:13am
Words can’t describe how unreal this is. Uncle Eric being gone doesn’t seem real. I was the flower girl in his wedding. He came to any softball games of mine that he could. I was excited to have him come to my college games. When I saw him at Christmas, I had no idea that would be my last time seeing him. It doesn’t feel fee real

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