Les was born April 14, 1935, in Johnson County, Indiana, as the son of Lester H. and Violet Slevin Walden. Following graduation from high school, Les continued his education at Indiana State University. He spent more than 20 years serving in military service, both in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force where he had served as an OSI officer. He continued his service to the military as the Clay County Veterans Service Officer until his death. He also worked for 22 years with Pinkerton Security, where he was district manager.
He married Madeline Ann Mathews July 26, 1969, in Edinburgh, Ind.
He was a member of the VFW where he was the current Post Commander, Kiwanis Club, Masonic Lodge, Zorah Shrine Patrol Unit, Scottish Rite of Terre Haute, and BPOE Elks where he was a Past Exalted Ruler. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Brazil where he had served as a Deacon and Elder.
Les spent much of his life focusing on the needs of area children and ensuring benefits for military veterans. As Post Commander of the local VFW Post 1127 he had started the construction of their new building in Brazil and was looking forward to its dedication in the next few months.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Joyce Helen Burton; one daughter, Cynthia Gayle Walden and one brother, Clarence "Bud" Walden.
He is survived by his wife Ann; two sons, Robert B. Walden, Staunton and Jeffery W. Walden and wife Annette, Rosedale; three daughters, Constance R. Walden, Staunton, Sherry L. Kearschner and husband Ron, Brazil, and Leslie A. Webb and husband Jason, Winslow, Ind.; one brother, Doyle Walden and wife Bev; five sisters, Evelyn Wood, Betty Richardson, Rose Swann and husband Sam, Alice Walden and Phyllis Walden; 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, at Moore Funeral Home, and 9-11 a.m., Thursday, at the First Presbyterian Church, Brazil. Funeral services will be conducted in the church at 11 a.m., with Rev. Gary Scroggins officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Clearview Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Les Walden Memorial Scholarship Fund at the First Presbyterian Church, 210 N. Walnut St., Brazil 47834.
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