Louis E. Bense Jr., 85

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Louis E. Bense Jr., 85, of Hope, passed away Monday, July 4, 2016, at Miller's Merry Manor in Hope. He was born July 5, 1930, the son of Louis Sr. and Anna Louise (Gelfius) Bense.
He had worked as a farmer in Bartholomew and Decatur counties before retirement.
Louis was a member and a deacon of Waynesville Christian Church.
He loved fishing, hunting, traveling, and woodworking.
He married Janet Dailey in Columbus, Indiana on July 6, 1948, and she survives.
Other survivors include his children, Brenda (David) Shireman of Hartsville, Wanda (Steve) Fortner of Hartsville and Debbie (Mike) Cox of Hope; grandchildren, Jeff Elliott of Hartsville, Beth (Kevin) AmRhein and Justin (Ashley) Shireman, both of Westport, Glendon (Sarah) Cox of Greensburg and Morgan Cox of Hope; great-grandchildren, Kristen Miller, Nicholas Elliott, Evan Elliott, Madalyn Shireman, Jaxon Shireman, Braden AmRhein and Ian AmRhein; sister, Dorothy (Morris) Beck of Franklin and son-in-law, Charles Elliott.
Louis was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Beverly Elliott; and brother, Kenneth Bense.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 6 at Norman Funeral Home in Hope and one hour prior to services on Thursday. Funeral services begin at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 7 at the funeral home with Pastor David Burnett officiating. Burial will follow at Hope Moravian Cemetery.
Online condolences may be expressed to the Bense family at www.normanfuneralhome.net.
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