William Douglas Fender, 55, of Benton, Mo., previously of Kennett, died Thursday, March 1, at his home.
He was born May 24, 1956, in Jonesboro, Ark., to Neva Lou Mock Fender and Douglas Fender.
He graduated from Kennett High School and attended Southeast Missouri State University and Arkansas State University. He later completed a gunsmith apprenticeship at Colorado School of Mines in Denver, Colo., where he earned honors. He owned Fender Custom Gunsmithing in East Prairie, Mo., 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 Dale Earnhardt.
Mr. Fender was married to Linda Elaine Hatley Fender, and she survives. He is also survived by his sons, Austin and Billy Fender, both of Kennett; his father, Douglas Fender, of Jonesboro; sister, Belinda Fender and husband, Frank Engley, of Columbia, Mo.; sister, Rosy Elmore and husband, John, of Lawrence, Kan.; brother, Dale Fender, of Kennett; nephew Zach Elmore of Shanghai, China, and niece, Lacey Elmore, of New York N.Y.; He had one step-son, Paul Hatley, of Benton and four step-grandsons.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Neva Fender.
Besides his immediate family, he leaves behind many other relatives and friends, all of whom will miss his intelligence, wit, loyal friendship and his kindness.
Memorial services were held at 10 a.m., Monday, March 5, at the First United Methodist Church in Kennett.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society.
Ponder Funeral Home in Sikeston, Mo., was in charge of arrangements.