John Edward Braden Sr., 89, Brazil, passed away March 17, 2012, at Southwood Health and Rehabilitation, Terre Haute, following an extended illness.
John was born May 12, 1922, in Brazil, the son of Clarence H. and Buelah (Combs) Braden.
He served in Germany, Italy, and France, in the United States Army during World War II.
He worked for Arktex for 20 years and Otto's Gas also for 20 years as a delivery driver, retiring in 1987.
John enjoyed working on lawnmowers and small engines. He also enjoyed square dancing and macramé. In his younger years, John was an avid small game hunter.
John was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1127 and a former member of the American Legion Post 2 and the Masonic Lodge in Brazil.
He was preceded in death by his wife Mildred Helen (Schweinberg) Braden, brothers Clarence Braden, Raymond Braden, Jay Braden and Luther Braden, as well as sisters Sarah Gerber and Mary Batchelor.
He is survived by his daughter Beverly "Bev" O'Neal, Brazil, son John Braden and wife Maggie, West Terre Haute, grandchildren Heather Hayes (Paul), Norfolk, Va., Jody (Nick) Hester, St. Charles, Mo., Theresa McCain (Charles), Brazil, and Jimmy O'Neal, Brazil, great-grandchildren Abigail Hester, Nicholas Hester, Chelsea McCain, and Dylan McCain, as well as several nieces, nephews and extended family members.
Services for John will be at French Funeral Home, March 23, 2012, at 11 a.m., with Pastor Chris Gregg officiating. Burial will follow at Calcutta Cemetery.
Visitation will be at the funeral home, Thursday, from 4-8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Southern Care Hospice, 4624 S. Springhill Junction, Terre Haute, Ind., 47802.
Visit www.frenchfuneralhome.com to light a candle in his memory.