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William R. Braden

Thursday, May 10, 2007

May 17, 1927-May 8, 2007

William R. Braden, 79, Greencastle, died Tuesday at Putnam County Hospital.

Born in Muncie, he was the son of Dr. William R. and Roberta Lee Braden.

A U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, he was chief clinical psychology technician at the neuropsychiatric clinic of the station hospital at Fort Knox, Ky., for one year. He retired in 1996 from the State of Indiana, having been a psychologist. He began his career at Larue D. Carter Memorial Hospital in Indianapolis as an intern. He joined the staff at Logansport State Hospital where he worked for 11 years, serving as acting director of the psychology department. He transferred to the Putnamville Correctional Facility in 1965.

He was a member of Gobin Memorial United Methodist Church, served on the board of directors of the Putnam County Mental Health Association, a member and former secretary of the Greencastle Kiwanis Club, a member of NAACP, and a recipient of the Sagamore of the Wabash.

Surviving are his wife of 42 years, Pat Braden; four children, Elizabeth Ann Isom and husband Dennis, Indianapolis, Terry Lee Dawson and wife Yimha, Fishers, Tracy Leigh Edwards and husband Marty, Anderson, and Tamara Lynne Dawson, St. Louis; and 10 grandchildren.

Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday at Bittles and Hurt Funeral Home, Greencastle, with Rev. Robert Newton and Rev. William D. Wieland officiating.

Graveside services with military honors will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at Beech Grove Cemetery, Muncie, with Rev. Sharon Montgomery officiating.

Visitation is 5-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions can be made to Mental Health America of Putnam County.

Condolences may be e-mailed to the family at inbth@keystonegroup.com.