Bradley Michael Lender passed away on April 7th, 2020, at the age of 60, due to complications from Covid-19. Brad is survived by his only daughter, Maranda, whom he loved and supported always through her many endeavors. Also by his mother, Jackie Thompson, and his siblings Rick and wife Snooks Lender, and Missy Lender. He was married to his loving wife, Rebecca, for what would have been 34 years this May. Brad is survived by his uncle, Jim Derstine, aunt
Ginny Eppley, his cousins; Rainie Epply-Bodley, Chris Eppley, and Rich Eppley. He was preceded in death by his father, Mike Lender.
Brad graduated from East Pennsboro High School in 1977, where he played on the football and baseball teams, as well as the swim team. He was a jack of all trades that loved to build things and DIY, the skills of which he used to remodel his family's home throughout the years himself.
Throughout his life he tackled many hobbies and passions. In his younger years he raced stock cars on local dirt tracks, his black car numbered with a yellow "04" and emblazoned with the names of his wife and daughter. He built and flew (and crashed) model airplanes, raced RC cars, and played numerous rounds of golf in charity tournaments. He loved sports of all kinds and levels, and you could sometimes find him following 2 different games or events at once. One of his soft spots were animals, and he doted on the family's 4 cats lovingly and loved watching Animal Planet.
In his later years he began home-brewing his own beer, a pursuit he took seriously, and found great joy and pride in crafting a beer from scratch and sharing his final product with his friends and family. When he wasn't brewing, he was on his motorcycle, enjoying the open road and discovering BBQ restaurants, or visiting his friends at the local American Legion and VFW.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Brad's name to The Cincinnati Zoo. He and his wife were going to spend their anniversary there this year in what would have been their first vacation together in many years. http://cincinnatizoo.org/
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