Royce Braden

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Royce Felton Braden, 82, of Freeburg, IL, born June 6, 1938, in Randolph County, AL, died Monday, November 23, 2020, at his residence.

Royce graduated from Bessemer High School in 1956. He continued his education and studied at the University of Alabama and Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville. He was a member of IBEW Local 309 for 53 years, and then belonged to the Retirees Club Local 309 for many years. Royce was a member of First Baptist Church, O’Fallon, IL, and sang in the church choir as well as PSOP Senior Choir. He was a member of the Swansea Moose Lodge #1221 and MidState Illinois Bass Anglers.  Royce enjoyed fishing, golfing, and softball and belonged to Gringo’s fastpitch softball team. He enjoyed playing in pinochle clubs, working in his yard, and volunteering his time to Meals on Wheels.  He was a Cardinal baseball fan and extremely avid lifelong Crimson Tide fan. He loved winter vacations in St. Pete Beach, Florida, and above all else enjoyed his grandchildren and attending their events.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Gilbert L. and Ollie, nee Brooks, Braden; two sisters, Mary Ann (Richard) Whisner, and Patsy Hamilton; and a brother-in-law, Dean Hill.

Surviving are his wife of nearly 37 years, Jolene L., nee Eiff, Braden, whom he married on December 30, 1983;
a daughter, Debra L. (Michael) Manning, Fair Hope, AL;
a son, Charles G. (Heather) Braden of Fairview Heights, IL;
two step-sons, Robert J. (Kelly) Trentman, of Belleville, IL, and Theodore J. (Drew Panico) Trentman of Whittier, CA;
five grandchildren; Ryan (Mary) Manning, Mikayla Manning, Clinton Trentman, Evan Trentman, and Emma Trentman;
two great-grandchildren, Jackson and Jaden Manning;
the mother of his children, Evelyn “Jennie” Braden;
a sister, Joyce Hill of Clarea, Ok;
and a brother-in-law, Wayne Hamilton of Clanton, AL.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or to the Belleville Area Humane Society. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Funeral: Family services will be held Tuesday, December 1, 2020.

Burial will be at Marissa City Cemetery, Marissa, IL.


21 Comments on Royce Braden

Lourdes Cuellar said : Guest Report Dec 05, 2020 at 10:07 PM

Dear Jolene, Please receive our deepest sympathy. We are so sorry for your loss. We will be praying for you and your family. Love & hugs, Bellecomers Club Lourdes Cuellar

  • Swansea
  • IL
James C Fowler said : Guest Report Dec 02, 2020 at 9:09 AM

Jolene: I'm in Florida and not able to personally be with you. We all are so very sorry for your loss and was unaware of this possibility. Royce and I worked together in the field to get J.F. Electric up and running after the Hospital case ended with a win in 1982 until he retired. His memory is with me every day. We are wishing you and your Family the very best in the future. With sincere condolence over your loss. Jim. Fowler

  • Edwardsville
  • Illinois
Marilyn Neu said : Guest Report Nov 30, 2020 at 11:00 AM

Jolene, My deepest sympathy to you and your family on the loss of your dear husband, father, and grandfather, Royce. Please know I will be keeping you all in my prayers.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Mary Fischer said : Guest Report Nov 30, 2020 at 10:41 AM

You're singing with the angels now Royce. You will be missed by so many and you will forever be in our hearts. My love and prayers for my dearest friend Jolene and all of Royce's family in this great loss. May your memories bring joy and peace to your hearts. RIP my friend.

  • Huntsville
  • AL
Phyllis Booker said : Guest Report Nov 29, 2020 at 6:13 PM

Jolene Please accept my deepest sympathy for the loss of your husband. Take care.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Marlene Speichinger Herrmann said : Guest Report Nov 29, 2020 at 2:05 PM

My sympathy to you and your family. I know that I haven’t seen you since high school days but wanted to offer my condolences.

  • Millstadt
  • Illinois
Teresa Smith said : Guest Report Nov 29, 2020 at 9:19 AM

Jolene, I am so sorry to hear that Royce has passed. You will never forget the memories the two of you have shared. Teresa

  • Swansea
  • IL
Frank & Janet Whitaker said : Guest Report Nov 29, 2020 at 8:35 AM

Jolene we are sorry to hear of Royce passing. Praying for you and your family always.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
brad Maes said : Guest Report Nov 28, 2020 at 8:45 AM

Dear Jolene,sorry for your loss.Thanks to Royce mentoring me I was able to work ten more years. Forever gratful.

  • Edwardsville
  • IL
Bill Winter said : Guest Report Nov 27, 2020 at 3:55 PM

Jolene - so very sorry to hear about Royce's passing. We very much enjoyed our time and thoughtful conversations with him. He was a pleasure to be around. We will keep you and the family in our thoughts and prayers. Bill, Sandy, Erica Winter.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Peggy and Randy Haukap said : Guest Report Nov 26, 2020 at 1:13 PM

Dear Jolene, We are so sorry to hear about Royce. Such a thoughtful, kind and interesting man. Our hearts go out to you and your family. Love, Peggy and Randy

  • Alhambra
  • IL
Curt & Heidi Etling said : Guest Report Nov 26, 2020 at 7:52 AM

We are so saddened to know of Royce's passing. We will miss him. We will always remember him as the good neighbor and fine gentleman that he was. We extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to Jolene, family and friends. With love, Curt & Heidi.

  • Freeburg
  • Illinois
Michael Davis said : Guest Report Nov 25, 2020 at 11:53 PM

Jolene and family-Lynn and I are so sorry for your loss. Royce was a good Christian man. I was very proud to have the pleasure to associate with him. He was a good Brother and Moose member. May God bless you all.

  • Swansea
  • Illinois
bob & kathy lobermeier said : Guest Report Nov 25, 2020 at 7:35 PM

we will miss you our friend and think of you every day. god bless

  • belleville
  • il
Earl and Nancy Phillips said : Guest Report Nov 25, 2020 at 9:39 AM

Royce was a great Christian man and always willing to serve others. Nancy and I will both miss his cheerfulness and engaging conversation. We pray that God's comfort will be with your entire family.

  • Collinsville
  • IL
Dan Trask said : Guest Report Nov 25, 2020 at 6:58 AM

My sincere heartfelt condolences on the loss of a husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. I knew Royce from my association with him at First Baptist Church. He was a generous and giving man who devoted much time and labor to good works. He will be missed by all who knew him.

  • Shiloh
  • IL
Shirley Moore said : Guest Report Nov 25, 2020 at 6:33 AM

So sorry for your loss. Be thankful for the years you shared and the memories. Shirley Moore

  • Millstadt
  • Il
Bill Malec said : Guest Report Nov 24, 2020 at 6:13 PM

Royce and Jolene have been cherished members of our adult Sunday school class for years. A fine Christian man he was! I always enjoyed interacting with Royce. He was always warm and friendly, especially if you wanted to talk about his beloved Crimson Tide. He will be missed!

  • O'Fallon
  • IL
Teresa Coyle said : Guest Report Nov 24, 2020 at 5:30 PM

Dear Kayla I hope the world stops a little while for you and your family to grieve. Best Regards Tracy

  • St Louis
  • MO
Marie Cupp said : Guest Report Nov 24, 2020 at 5:25 PM

Sending prayers and my heart felt sympathy. He was a wonderful friend. He will be missed. Love Marie

  • Belleville
  • Il
Gilbert Cooper said : Guest Report Nov 24, 2020 at 3:44 PM

Jolene, So sorry to hear about Royce. Let me know if I can be of any help.

  • Dupo
  • IL

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