David E. "Richard" McFadden (1931 - 2015)

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David Eugene (Richard) McFadden went home to be with his Lord and Savior on March 15, 2015 at 10:30 AM. David was born April 3, 1931 to John Claude McFadden and Amelda May Boyd McFadden in Harrisville, PA.

He proudly served his country in the Army during the Korean conflict. He was a tank commander, and was a Sergeant upon his discharge. After his discharge from the Army, he married Lucy Cooke on July 9, 1953. They were blessed with two children - David Wayne McFadden and Vicki Viola McFadden Short.

He attended schools in Harrisville and Stoneboro, PA, and after his army service, attended Butler Business School in Butler, PA. Always a hard worker, he worked at various jobs to put food on the table; from selling cars, working in machine shops, and even co-owner of a service station. Due to health issues, he decided to accept a job offer in his Uncle Butch Boyd's grocery store in Jal, NM, working as a butcher. He worked there for over a year, and then was hired by El Paso Natural Gas Company, where he was employed for 27 years. He was a Warehouse Superintendent at Jal, New Mexico when he retired.

Upon retirement, he discovered a love for woodworking. He made many beautiful things, and loved to give them to friends and family. Because of this, anyone who knew Dave, has a reminder of him hanging on their wall or sitting on their shelf.

In 2005, the decision was made to move closer to family, and he and Lucy moved to Conroe, Texas. He was a member of West Conroe Baptist Church in Conroe, TX. Through his life in Pennsylvania and then also in New Mexico and Texas, he filled the pulpit in the absence of the pastor as a lay preacher and was a Southern Baptist deacon for over 45 years.

He was Master of Jal Masonic Lodge on four different occasions. In 2013, he was recognized by the Conroe Masonic Lodge for 50 years of membership and service.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Amelda McFadden; three of his brothers: Perry, Audley, and Robert McFadden; and five of his sisters: Geraldine Locktosh, Wilda Hovis, Martha Lowers, Barbara Deemer, and Carole Depew. He was also preceded in death by three grandchildren: Rebekah Jo McFadden, Amber Michele Short, and Stacy Nicole Short.

He is survived by his wife, Lucy of Conroe, Texas; his son, David Wayne McFadden and wife Donna of Portales, New Mexico; his daughter, Vicki and husband Kim Short of Conroe, Texas; grandchildren: Joshua McFadden and wife, Tiffany of Austin, Texas; Jeff McFadden and wife, Laura of New Braunfels, Texas; Jill McFadden Coleman and husband; Aaron of Wichita, Kansas; and Lilly Ann Short of Conroe, Texas. He is survived as well by his great-grandchildren, Max, Beaux, and Jaxon Coleman; and Esmee, Emma and Enoch David McFadden. He is also survived by one brother, Darl McFadden of Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania and three sisters, Isabelle Sweetapple, Opaline Young, and Mareline McClearn, all of Grove City, Pennsylvania.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home Chapel on FM 1097, Willis, TX on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 10:00 AM, with his son, Dr. David Wayne McFadden, officiating.

David was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa at age 30, and has chosen to donate his eyes for research. He was diagnosed with stomach cancer in 2012, and treated at MD Anderson Hospital. Both of these causes were very near and dear to his heart. For that reason, in lieu of flowers, you may choose to give to: MD Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 4461, Houston, TX 77210-4461, or Foundation Fighting Blindness, 7168 Columbia Gateway Dr., Ste. 100, Columbia, MD 21046-3256 or www.FightBlindness.org .

The family of David McFadden would like to thank MD Anderson and Gentiva Hospice staff for their kindness and attentive care of David throughout his battle with cancer, and in the last days of his life.

Condolences may be left at www.shmfh.com .


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