Maurice Barden, 89, of Leesburg, Fla., formerly of Lyons, Ohio, died Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2006, at the Avante nursing home in Mt. Dora, Fla.
He was born on April 28, 1917, in Fulton County, Ohio, the son of Jesse and Mabel (Standish) Barden. On June 21, 1940, in Seward, Ohio, he married (Pearl) Janet Pickles. She preceded him in death Nov. 16, 2002.
Maurice was a life-long farmer in the Lyons area and graduated from the Lyons High School class of 1935. He enjoyed many years of playing and watching baseball, basketball and track. He was particularly fond of watching his harness horses race.
Maurice was a member of the Wauseon Elks, a 32-degree Mason, a member of the U.S. Trotting Association and the Ohio Township Association. He served as a Royalton Township trustee for 26 years and was a past president of the Fulton County Cattle Feeders Association. Maurice was very proud to serve as the host of the MD Yalaha Open Golf Outing.
Survivors include two daughters, Maureen Peabody of Leesburg, Fla., and Margy Bressler of Liberty Center, Ohio; a son, Maurice J. (and Connie) Barden of Lyons; eight grandchildren, Brent Peabody, Brook (and Nancy) Peabody, Audra (and Lary) Warren, Jesse (and Carrie) Barden, Jacob Barden, Katie (and Lance) Eisel, Annie Barden, Ellie (and Adam) Gleckler; six great grandchildren, Mark and Tierra Peabody, Taylor and Dylan Warren, Alivia Eisel, and Luke Barden; and one brother, Boyd (and Alice) Barden of Lyons.
Beside his wife, Janet, Maurice was preceded in death by his parents; a granddaughter, Laura Hutson; one grandson, Jess Bressler, and one great-granddaughter, Jessica Peabody.
Funeral service are scheduled at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 2, at the Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci, Mich. Burial will follow at the Lyons Cemetery in Lyons, Ohio.
Visitation is planned from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Lyons Royalton Township Fire Department or Hospice of Lake and Sumter Counties in Florida.