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John D. "Bobby" Badders, devoted husband and father, passed away on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at the age of 87 years. He was a lifelong resident of San Antonio, born on November 30, 1926 to Elizabeth and Ernest Badders. Bobby graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1944, then joined the Navy and served until 1946. He met the love of his life, Ruby Lee, in 1949 and they were married in 1950. They were devoted to each other and were married for 61 years. He spent most of his career at the Hick's Company in San Antonio, starting out selling and installing aluminum tile in 1949. Bobby moved into office management and eventually held controlling interest in the company until he sold out in the 1970s. He was a lifelong Mason and member of the Alzafar Shrine Center. Bobby served on the Board of Directors for the San Antonio Junior Chamber of Commerce and Better Business Bureau, and was president of the Kiwanis Club. He was an active member of St. Francis Episcopal Church from the early beginnings of the parish back in the 1960s. Bobby served multiple terms as both Junior and Senior Warden, and was active for many years on the parish vestry. He loved the outdoors, was an avid fisherman and in his early years, loved to water ski. Bobby was also actively involved in leading the Little League, Pony and Colt Leagues and John Marshall High School Booster Club for his son, John. He was truly beloved by so many. People described him as a sweet and compassionate man who never had an unkind word. Bobby was a dedicated family man who dearly loved his wife and children. Despite his own health issues over the years, he never complained, and was always focused on helping others. Bobby is survived by his son, John D. Badders, Jr. and wife, Chrissie of San Antonio; his daughter, Cindy Bednar and husband, David of Elgin and grandson, Brenton John Badders of Mississippi. The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff of Homewood Residence of Shavano Park for their kindness and compassion - you were like family to Bobby.
FEBRUARY 6, 2014
ST. LUKE'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
11 ST. LUKE'S LANE
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Luke's Memorial Fund, 11 St. Luke's Lane, Alamo Heights, TX 78209?, or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society: Lone Star, 8111 N. Stadium Drive, Suite 100, Houston, TX 77054.
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Published in Express-News on Feb. 2, 2014