Worthington News

Funeral is Friday for Worthington Kilbourne High School senior


A funeral service will be held Friday, Feb. 14, for Luke Bender, an 18-year-old Worthington Kilbourne High School senior who died Feb. 9.

He was the son of Scott and Janna Bender of Brookside Estates.

He was a former wrestler for Worthington Kilbourne and worked as a lifeguard at Lifetime Fitness in Dublin.

In her blog about Worthington Kilbourne, guidance counselor Brianna Abbott said students were trying to support each other in their grief Monday, Feb. 10. She said she was pleased to have known Bender.

"I will always fondly remember his cowboy boots and belt buckles, along with his charming smile and kind-hearted personality," she wrote.

Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at Worthington Christian Church, 8145 N. High St., where the funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, with visitation from 10 to 11 a.m.