Services: 2:00 p.m., Saturday, December 19, 2009, at the First Baptist Church, Pineville, under the direction of Hixson Brothers, Pineville
Visitation: Friday, December 18, 2009, at the First Baptist Church, Pineville from 2:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and from 10:00 a.m. until service time Saturday.
Services for Frederick Herman Baden will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, December 19, 2009, at First Baptist Church, Pineville with Dr. Stuart Holloway and Reverends Jim Lofton and David Roberts officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, under the direction of Hixson Brothers, Pineville.
Mr. Baden, 75, of Pineville, passed away Thursday, December 17, 2009, at Rapides Regional Medical Center.
Fred H. Baden was born and raised in Pineville. At the age of 18 he served his community as a volunteer fireman and worked as an auxiliary policeman. Fred became a plumber attaining the level of Master Plumber by age 28. He was elected Pineville City Alderman in 1966. In 1970, he ran for Mayor and was elected.
During his first term, he built a new Municipal Complex that housed the City Hall offices, the Police Department and the City Court and a Central Fire Station located behind City Hall.
Through his twenty eight years as Pineville's Mayor, he was dedicated to the awareness of the needs of the senior citizens. In 1978, he and the city council assisted the Rapides Senior Citizens Center in establishing a Center in Pineville. Mayor Baden was also instrumental in helping to establish the apartment complex for the elderly located on Highway 28 East. He diligently worked with Congressman Gillis Long to purchase the old Pineville Post Office on Main Street to be converted into a Pineville Senior Citizens Center.
Mr. Baden served on many Boards and Committees. He was one of the original members of the Rapides Area Planning Committee, the Salvation Army Board, Louisiana College Board of Development, Rapides Parish Solid Waste Committee, Advisory Council Member for Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce, the Rapides Senior Citizens Board, the Renaissance Board for Youth, and served three terms as Vice President of the Louisiana Municipal Association.
He was presented the Hometown Leadership Award which recognized elected officials for providing exemplary leadership. He also received the Louisiana College Trustee's Distinguished Service Award and the Louisiana National Guard Commendation Award.
In a newspaper article when he left office in 1998, he called himself a true public servant. "What we get out of life is what we do for others," he said. If there was one thing Baden never strayed from during his time as Mayor, it was his love of Pineville and its citizens.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Herman & Maude Baden; daughter, Andrea Baden Broussard; sisters, Linnie Murray, and Louella Gatlin Bradford.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Roxan Babb Baden; sons, Mark Baden & wife Kathy, Gary Baden & wife Brenda, Tony Baden & wife Ludie, Freddy Baden & wife Celeste, Joshua Baden & wife Hope; daughters, Sara Edwards & husband Steve, Leah Baden, Tracy Goudeau & husband Steve; sister, Vivian Nugent; grandchildren, Micah Baden, Addyson Baden, Kalyn Baden, Clay Baden, Jerry Baden & wife Misty, Jennifer Tyler & husband David, Anna Baden, Sean Broussard, Melissa Baden, Freddy Baden, III, Celdan Baden, Elissa Baden, Nat Wolff, Gavin Wolff, Brady Baden, Carla Carpenter & husband Mike, Mandy Lowry & husband Ethan, Christopher Weatherford & wife Danielle, Steven Goudeau, Katie Goudeau, Victoria Thiels, Anita Moran & husband Eric; Great Grandchildren, Trenton, L. J., Kaci Clark, Jerry Baden, Jr., Kyllie Mae Tyler, Drew, Mathew, Caitlyn Carpenter, Hayley, Brady, Layla Weatherford, Tanner, Tate, Kade Moran.
Pallbearers will be his sons and sons-in-law. Honorary pallbearers will be his Grandsons and Great Grandsons and a host of special friends.
Visitation will be Friday, December 18, 2009, at First Baptist Church, Pineville, from 2:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. until service time on Saturday.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, 901 Main Street, Pineville, LA 71360.