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Sunday, November 7, 2010, Robert M. Braden, surrounded by his family, was carried by the angels to Heaven.
Daddy was born on September 4, 1915, the son of Mark C. and Louise (Teeple) Braden. He graduated from Decatur Catholic High School in 1936.
On August 23, 1941, he married our Mother, Gladys (Harvey) Braden.
In 1942, Daddy was drafted into the Army. He was part of this country's Greatest Generation. He served in the Third Army under Gen. George Patton, with battles fought in Sicily, Italy, and North Africa. Daddy received two Purple Hearts and the Combat Infantry Badge after being seriously wounded coming out of the Volturno River in Italy.
Because of Mother's prayers and petitions, Daddy survived his injuries.
Our Father came home from that war in 1944, so thankful for the life God had given him. He devoted the rest of his days with hard work and raised six of us, Carol S., Nancy J. (Edward) Cornejo, Roxy A. (Darrel) Harmon, Gregory R., Rebecca L. (Michael) Brown, and Beverly K. (Michael) Hoopingarner.
Mother and Daddy also have 16 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Daddy work for 20 years after the war for General Electric in Decatur. He was secretary-treasurer, dispatcher, and part owner of Teeple Truck Lines in Decatur, from which he retired at age 55.
He devoted all his remaining years to his dream, farming. His love of farming the land, the planting in spring, and the harvest in the fall brought him the most joy.
The True Love of Daddy's life is our Mother. They were married 69 years. As children growing up, we were surrounded by our parents' love and their love for God. Their marriage is the kind that nothing could ever destroy.
Our memories are everlasting. The vacations in Canada, the fishing, the Canadian sunsets, and all that beauty will never fade.
We will always see Our Daddy's big smile and we know he's in Heaven, waiting for all of us to be together again.
WE'RE A Family.
A rosary will be said on Thursday, November 11, at 3 p.m. in Haggard and Sefton Funeral Home of Decatur, with visitation on Thursday from 4-8 p.m.
Prayer will be said at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, November 12, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Decatur.