Charles F. "Charlie" Marden, 93, formerly of Quincy and Rockford, died on Nov. 1, 2013 in North Port, Fla., after a brief battle with lung cancer. Charlie was born and grew up in Quincy, serving in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a staff sergeant with the 155th anti-aircraft, anti-tank battalion of the 101st Airborne Division, participating in the June 1944 invasion of Normandy as a glider pilot, and later was among those who fought at the Battle of the Bulge, where he was wounded and earned both the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. After the war, Charlie worked as a technical engineer in the broadcasting industry, spending 33 years at WTVO-TV in Rockford before retiring to North Port in 1987. Charlie was a direct descendent of the Marden family which settled in Pike and Adams counties in the early 1800s. His father, Charles Morton Marden (1880-1966) and mother, Lila (nee Souders) Marden (1887-1982), were both longtime Quincy residents. His aunt, Mabel E. Marden (1882-1968), was a fondly remembered staffer at The Quincy Herald-Whig, having worked in its circulation department for almost 50 years until her retirement in 1966. Charlie loved travel, the outdoors, and sharing time with family and friends. He was a member of San Pedro Catholic Church in North Port. He is survived by Gloria, his loving wife of 11 years; son, William Marden of New York, N.Y.; daughter, Barbara Leaf-Maseman of Loves Park; three stepchildren, Michael Kronz of Madison, Wis., Sharon Noecker of Gowanda, N.Y., and Brenda Rendina of Allentown, Pa.; four grandchildren, Troy Leaf of Byron, Abigail Marden of New York, N.Y., Ray Pascarella of Manassas, Va., and Mia Rothwell of Williamsburg, Va.; six stepgrandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a cousin, Jack Souders of Quincy (son of the late Ben and Stella Souders). He is preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Marden, who died in 1998; and a brother, Franklin, who died at age 11 in 1919. SERVICES: Funeral was held Nov. 5 in the Farley Funeral Home in North Port, with burial in Florida National Military Cemetery in Bushnell, Fla. MEMORIALS: Tidewell Hospice (www.tidewell.org/hospice).
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Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from Nov. 17 to Nov. 19, 2013