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Funeral services will take place on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 7:00 PM (Mountain).

Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Rapid City, South Dakota

Black Hills National Cemetery
Sturgis, South Dakota
A visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral mass.

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In memory of

Father Robert "Bob" Baden

of Ballinger, Texas, formerly of Wall, South Dakota, died on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at Ballinger Healthcare & Assisted Living in Ballinger, Texas at the age of 79

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.

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 7:00 p.m.
Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Rapid City, South Dakota

Bishop Robert Gruss

All Priests of the Diocese

Cathedral Parishioners

Paula Clark - Roberta Bruhn

Wayne Richards - Pianist
Amber Larson - Cantor
"The Mansions of The Lord"- "I'll Walk With God"
"For All The Saints"- "Here I Am Lord"
"Oh Lord, I Am Not Worthy"- "Seek Ye First"- "Salve Regina"

All Relatives and Friends in Attendance

Friday, September 21, 2018 - 10:00 a.m.
Black Hills National Cemetery - Sturgis, South Dakota

  • We are sorry to hear of Fr. Bob's passing. We enjoyed his sermons and just visiting with him in general. Rest in peace Father. ~ Tom and Jackie Shull Wall (9/21/2018)
  • Sorry to hear of Father Bob's passing. He will be greatly missed. He was a close and dear friend. ~ Andrew Eisenbraun Rapid City, SD. (9/20/2018)
  • Father Bob was a dear friend to us. We will miss him dearly. Hoping he is surrounded by beagles and in peac ~ Mike and Darlene Brunson South Dakota (9/19/2018)
  • Always enjoyed your words of wisdom, Father, rest in peace. & may God bless you!
    ~ Rita & Gene Patterson Wall, SD (9/18/2018)
  • Fr. Bob was a huge influence on my life. I led the folk group when he was serving at Blessed Sacrament in Rapid City. His warm spirit, his contemporary theology, and his humanity gave me strength and faith in my life. Godspeed, Fr. Bob! ~ Lisa Novak Denver, CO (9/17/2018)
  • We enjoyed Fr. Bob when he was at St. Therese, Rapid City,SD with Fr.Leo O'Doherty. Fr. Bob's devout Faith was an inspiration to all of us. He is in a better place and we will miss him. ~ The Huggins Family Rapid City,SD (9/14/2018)
  • We have great memories of Father Bob and have appreciated the critical role he played in our lives from con-celebrating our marriage ceremony, baptizing our children and visiting and praying for Kevin during his cancer battle. Thank you Father Bob, may you Rest In Peace. ~ Kevin & Jody Bielmaier Wall (9/14/2018)
  • I am sorry to hear about Father Bob. When I was growing up in Wall I always went visited him and we had some great talks. He will be missed by many. ~ Kevin Rapid City,SD (9/14/2018)