The funeral ervice for retired Judge Edwin Carden, 80, will be at 2 p.m., Thursday at First Baptist Church of Claremore, Okla. The Rev. Sam Nichols will officiate. Ed will be laid to rest at Oakhaven Memorial Gardens under the direction of Rice Funeral Service. Visitation was held, Wednesday, July 13, at Rice Funeral Home. Ed passed away at his home on Monday, July 11.
Ed was born in Hot Springs one of six children to the late John and Rosalie (James) Carden. The family moved to a farm in Ruledale outside of Benton. After graduating from Benton High School, Ed served his country in the Air Force with the 80th Fighter Bomber Squadron during the Korean War. After his service he followed his sister, Marie, and brother, James, to Tulsa, where he worked in aviation by day and studied law at night. He received his bachelor and Juris Doctorate degrees from the University of Tulsa. He married Patricia Blackburn in Neosho, Mo. on November 7, 1970. Their two children, Ed Jr. and Lisa, were both raised in Claremore, Okla.
Ed practiced law in Claremore before becoming assistant district attorney in 1966. He went on to serve as associate district judge for the 12 Judicial District of Oklahoma in May of 1972, until his retirement in 1991.
Respected by his peers for his insight and expertise, Ed’s reputation for fairness on the bench endeared him to the community that he served. The values he exemplified were instilled from a young age by his parents. Ed was a faithful member of First Baptist Church of Claremore for more than 40 years. Retirement provided Ed with time to enjoy his hobbies: traveling with family, watching the Cardinals play, and tending to his garden.
Beloved brother, husband, father, and grandfather, Ed is survived by his wife, Patricia; children, Ed Carden Jr. of Broken Arrow, Okla. and Lisa Franklin and husband, John P. of Tulsa, Okla.; three grandchildren, Jacob, Hannah and Lily; and his sister, Marie James and husband, Rodney, of Tulsa; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Ruby, and brothers, Melvin, James, and Muriel.
In lieu of flowers or other condolences, please consider sending a donation in Ed Carden’s name to First Baptist Church Building Fund, 108 E. Will Rogers Blvd., Claremore, OK 74017.