Obituary: Tom Stender |

Obituary: Tom Stender

Staff reports

A Memorial Celebration of Life will be held for Tom Scott Stender, 47, on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 2 p.m. at Carson Valley Community Church, 3616 No. Sunridge Drive in Jacks Valley.

Mr. Stender died at his Gardnerville home on Sept. 15.

He was born in Stockton, Calif., on Aug. 25, 1953, to Leon and Shirley Scott Stender.

He graduated from Lodi High School and attended Delta College. He was a member of the Morada Fire Department in Stockton.

Mr. Stender had lived in Gardnerville for 15 years, coming from Lake Tahoe, where he worked at Caesars Tahoe for 20 years.

On Oct. 27, 1989, he and Loretta Mueller were married in Mexico.

He was a mountain man who loved the mountains and camping, hiking and skiing.

Predeceasing Mr. Stender were his mother Shirley and sister Sandy.

Survivors include his wife Loretta of Gardnerville; father Leon and step-mother Bonnie of Stockton; brothers Kurt of Stockton and Alan of Oakdale, Calif.; and sisters Cheryl Le Valley and Barbara Hunter, both of Stockton.

Memorial donations may be made to Carson Valley Medical Center Hospice at 1107 Highway 395, Gardnerville 89410.

Walton’s Douglas County Mortuary in Minden handled arrangements.