Carl W. Bence, 71, of Ormond Beach, Fla., formerly of Clymer, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019.
The eldest son of Harry J. and Betty (Thompson) Bence, he was born on Oct. 14, 1947, in Indiana.
Carl graduated from Penns Manor High School and Saint Louis University before enlisting in the U.S. Army. He served as a sergeant during the Vietnam War, completing two tours of duty overseas. Upon his return to the States, he began an accomplished career in the music industry throughout the Midwestern, living in Chicago.
In the early 1980s, Carl transitioned back to Pennsylvania, earning his degree in mortuary science and graduating first in his class from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. Following in his father’s footsteps, he then entered the family business with his brother Harry, becoming co-owner of the Bence Funeral Homes in Clymer and Indiana.
One of his many passions was acquiring and care of his beloved Bonsai trees. Started as a hobby, his nursery was cultivated over the decades to include a variety of specialty plants and shrubbery. Carl’s culinary talents provided everyday delicious meals and holiday entertaining at its best.
Among his personal interests, being an avid reader meant he could always be found with a newly released book in his hands. However, his life’s devotion was to his Catholic faith through his parish involvement and community volunteerism with various church ministries and charities.
Surviving are his brothers, Harry J. and William J. Bence, of Ormond Beach; his sisters, Roxie A. Berzansky (Frank), of Blairsville; and Connie L. Wolff (William), of Brush Valley; numerous nieces and nephews; several grandnieces and grandnephews; and his godson, Steven Henry Shaffer, of Apollo.
Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial Mass to be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Church of the Resurrection, Clymer site. Private interment will be held at the church cemetery near Clymer.
Contributions in Carl’s memory are suggested to your local food pantry, a church outreach or the St. Vincent de Paul Society of the donor’s choice.