BENTON -- William Douglas Fender, 55, of Benton, previously of Kennett, died Thursday, March 1, 2012, at his home.
Born May 24, 1956, in Jonesboro, Ark., to Douglas Fender of Jonesboro and the late Neva Lou Mock Fender, he graduated from Kennett High School and attended Southeast Missouri State University and Arkansas State University. He later completed a gunsmith apprenticeship at the Colorado School of Mines in Denver, where he earned honors. He owned Fender Custom Gunsmithing in East Prairie and was well known for the passion and high quality of his work as well as his attention to detail. He was also an avid hunter, outdoorsman, life member of the NRA and NASCAR fan, particularly of the driver Dale Earnhardt.
Mr. Fender was married to Linda Elaine Hatley who survives.
He is also survived by: his sons, Austin Fender and Billy Fender of Kennett; a sister, Belinda Fender and her husband, Frank Engley, of Columbia; a sister, Rosy Elmore, and her husband, John of Lawrence, Kan.; a brother, Dale Fender of Kennett; a nephew, Zach Elmore of Shanghai, China; a niece, Lacey Elmore of New York; a stepson, Paul Hatley of Denton; and four stepgrandsons.
He also leaves behind many other relatives and friends, all of whom will miss his intelligence, wit, loyal friendship and his kindness.
Memorial services were held today in Kennett at the First United Methodist Church.
The Ponder Funeral Home in Sikeston was in charge of arrangements.
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The Humane Society
1900 Compress Road
Sikeston, MO 63801