Father Robert Baden
Father Robert "Bob" Baden, age 79, of Ballinger, Texas, formerly of Wall, South Dakota, died on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at Ballinger Healthcare & Assisted Living in Ballinger, Texas. Robert Douglas Baden was born November 9, 1938, in San Francisco, California to Ewing and Melvina (Moreau) Baden.
In 1958 he enlisted in the U.S. Army and trained at Ft. Ord, California, and Ft. Eustis, Virginia. He served in Tripoli, Libya. Bob was discharged in 1961 with a rank of Spc. 4. He reenlisted for six years and served at the Armed Forces Induction Center in California and later in Vietnam. Stateside he was assigned at Oakland Army Base, California. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Staff Sgt. on August 21, 1967.
Bob attended the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, California. From 1971 to 1978 he was a member of the U.S. Army Reserve. Bob was ordained a priest on January 6, 1977, at the Church of Ss. Andrew and Joseph in Oakland, California, by the Bishop of Rapid City, Harold J. Dimmerling.
In 1978 he was commissioned as a chaplain in the South Dakota Army National Guard. From 1981-1991, he returned to the Army as a chaplain and served at Ft. Polk, Louisiana, Ft. Riley, Kansas, and two tours in Germany. He was honorably discharged as a captain.
In the Diocese of Rapid he served parishes in Rapid City, Buffalo, Reva, Ralph, Cox, Camp Crook, Bear Butte, Hereford, Lead, Wall, Kadoka, and Interior. He also served as a chaplain at Ft. Meade. Bob retired in 2008, and in 2010 he was invested as a Knight of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem in Kansas City, Kansas.
Survivors include one sister, Barbara (Bill) Liddle of Santa Rosa, California; nephews Bob and Gary Waltenspiel; nieces Jenny (Craig) Olsen and Trina (George) Brennan; and a host of other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 20, at Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Rapid City with Bishop Robert Gruss as celebrant and all the priests at the Rapid City Diocese as con-celebrants. Interment with military honors will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 21, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
Arrangements are with Rush Funeral Home of Wall.